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Tuesday, November 7
The French Connection: Music and Posters of the Belle Époque
Chicago's celebrated Civitas ensemble will play beloved French music interspersed with commentary about the special exhibition from the Driehaus Museum's curator. Read more

Welcome


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

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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

October 4, 2017
Poster Maniacs: Collectors of the Belle Époque
The adorers of the color lithographic poster, which transformed the formerly drab French capital into a bright, colorful, open-air museum in the last half of the 19th century, were known as affichomaniaques—literally “poster maniacs.” Read More

September 20, 2017
Japonisme
Discover what happened after Japan reopened its borders in 1853, and the rest of the world became reacquainted with Japanese art and design. Read More

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