Chicago banker Samuel Nickerson Mayo commissioned his mansion in 1879. Chicago philanthropist Richard H. Dreihaus founded his museum there in 2003 to preserve architecture and design of the Gilded Age.
The name Gilded Age was coined by Mark Twain and Dudley Warner as a play on a “golden age,” but one that was only superficially golden. It was an era of both ostentation and philanthropy.
The Dreihaus Museum offers performances, lectures and tours. The mansion underwent a 5-year renovation with more than 40 specialist firms, including a restored stained glass dome and a laser-cleaned exterior. The immersive museum recreates how Mayo would have lived in the 1800s. Moi, jealous? Absolument!
Dining parties are available for the Main Hall, Ballroom and Billiards Room. Tours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am – 5pm, and Sunday, Noon – 5pm. There are Twilight Tours on Tuesdays twice-monthly. Admission is
$12.50 Senior 65+
$10 Student with valid I.D.
$10 Child 10-17*
$5 Highlights of the Museum Tour
$15 Twilight Tour
The Dreihaus Museum is located at 40 E Erie Street, Chicago, and is open to the public.