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The Richard H. Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass features prominently within the larger Smith Museum. The Driehaus Gallery features 13 windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The Tiffany windows are showcased in a dark portion of the Museum and are lit with artificial light. The visual effect is well done and makes these windows standout amongst the rest of the of the Smith Museum collection.
The Smith Museum was an interesting surprise. Typically stained class is preserved in religious building or privately owned homes. Having the collection in such a public tourism place where visitors can walk right up to the glass is unique. I've never seen so much stained glass in one place. The Museum has done a good job of contextualizing each window and preserving the windows in a way that is accessible.