Driehaus Museum - Chicago, IL

The Driehaus Museum is wonderfully maintained and an excellent design representation of the late 19th - early 20th century. 

Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera. ~Yousuf Karsh.

The Driehaus Museum has so much to see, from art to architecture and design. I was fascinated with all of the intricate tile and woodwork details. Make sure you look up at all of the mouldings, the domed ceiling, and other extraordinary features. The museum was once an occupied residence and some of the furnishings and collectibles can still be found inside. Make sure you check online for any current exhibitions that may interest you, I was able to see the Art of Seating exhibit and they even had some chairs upstairs where you can sit and relax.

There are organized group tours of the Museum or you can wander about the museum at your own pace, as I did. Admission is $10-$20 / adult (discounts are available for educators, seniors, and students), children and active military are free. Allow 1-2 hours total. I did take advantage of the audio tour for just an additional $5. There are lots of placards that explain some of the different pieces present in the Museum, but the audio tour is helpful if you are not going to join a group tour.

If you are taking a taxi or other organized transportation, make sure you have the address available, as there is also a store by the same name at Navy Pier. The museum is located at 40 East Erie Street in Chicago and is currently open Tuesday - Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Although the website mentions an elevator that is available, you may not want to bring small children that may want to explore on their own. There are a lot of antiques within reach, so consider this before your visit. Also, if you have a large bag, there is a bag check available that you may want to take advantage of - otherwise they request that you wear your backpack on your front.

Follow along & Relish this Journey.

 

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