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Saturday, February 25
Winter Book Club - Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt by Robert Gottlieb
Inspired by our L’Affichomania exhibition, our winter book club delves into the life of Sarah Bernhardt, the daughter of a courtesan who transformed herself into one of the most famous stage actresses who ever lived, and a national icon of France. Read more

Thursday, March 16
Traditional Irish Music at the Driehaus Museum
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the company of one of Ireland’s leading traditional Irish tenors as Paddy Homan and the Noble Call take you on a journey through the country’s rich history in story and song. Read more

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Stained glass dome at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Steps away from Chicago's Magnificent Mile, the Driehaus Museum offers visitors a fascinating view of one of the few remaining examples of the palatial homes erected by the wealthy of America's Gilded Age.

The galleries, elegantly furnished with period pieces selected from the Driehaus Collection, are presented in harmony with the interiors and surviving furnishings, immersing visitors in the original splendor of this late 19th-century home. Read more

Hours, Exhibition, and Tour Information

Poster image
Opening February 11, 2017, L'Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters evokes the poster craze which transformed Parisian streets into colorful public art galleries and focuses on the exuberant period in France known as the Belle Époque. Drawn from the collection of Richard H. Driehaus, this special exhibition features 45 turn-of-the-century French posters by the five grand masters - Jules Chéret, Eugène Grasset, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlein, Alphonse Mucha, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Note: Entrance to this special exhibition is included with general admission. No advance reservations are required.

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
The Museum is open for self-guided visitation during regular hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Read more

Museum Blog

February 1, 2017
‘Divine Sarah’: The Great Star of the French Poster
Young and stunning, with sculpted eyebrows and a head of rich brunette curls, French actress Sarah Bernhardt first captured the ardor of Paris’s theatre-going elite in the 1870s. The rest of the world’s attention inevitably followed. Read More

December 29, 2016
Gilded Age New Year’s Traditions: Champagne and Celebrations
During the Gilded Age, the American traditions of New Year’s Eve started to transition from the folk celebrations of immigrants to the elaborate soirees we are more familiar with today, especially for those of a certain class. Read More

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