Driehaus Museum

See the magnificence of the Gilded Age, right in the middle of Chicago. This home features preserved and borrowed furnishings, Tiffany glasswork, and wall and ceiling panels. Groups can arrange for a private tour to learn about restoration, art from the collection, and Chicago in the Gilded Age. Some other tours include the Servants’ Tour, where groups can see the servants’ quarters, and the Twilight Tour, where a museum guide shares stories about the Nickerson family and social life during the 19th century. Exhibits at the museum typically feature artwork from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including illustration, jewelry, and clothing.
Contact Info 
Address: 40 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Cook County. Tel: 312-482-8933. Email: groups@driehausmuseum.org. Website: www.driehausmuseum.org. Hrs: Tues.-Sun. 10AM-5PM, & By appointment.
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours. Cost: Fee.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.