Behind the Scenes Tours

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Bring a group for an intimate behind-the-scenes tour of Glessner House. This private tour includes stories and information not included on regular tours and exploring areas of H. H. Richardson’s “urban masterpiece” that are not shown to the general public. Get an up close and personal look at your favorite objects in our collection, experience the rooms from a different perspective, and view collections rarely seen by museum visitors.

Available by appointment only. Minimum fourteen days advance notice requested.

Cost is $25 per person and the tour lasts two hours. Offered for groups of four to eight people. For groups of four or less, the charge is $100.  

Send us an inquiry or call (312) 326-1480 for more information or to make a behind the scenes tour reservation.





Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement

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Glessner House is internationally recognized as a pivotal work of architect H. H. Richardson.  But equally important is the significant collection of furniture and decorative arts that John and Frances Glessner selected and commissioned to furnish their home.  In these special behind-the-scenes tours, Executive Director and Curator William Tyre will showcase items from the collection that demonstrate Frances Glessner’s commitment to the tenets of the Arts & Crafts movement, both as a collector and as a talented silversmith, jewelry maker, and needle worker. 

The work of Isaac E. Scott will be highlighted.  Over the course of  more than 40 years, Scott designed and executed countless pieces for the family, including furniture, picture frames, earthenware, pewter and embroidery designs. 

Tours will be offered on the following dates in 2019:

April 6
September 7
November 2

To purchase tickets please click on the date you would like to attend in the list above.