American Writers Museum
American Writers Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The American Writers Museum, the first of its kind in the nation, features fun and interactive exhibits for readers and writers of all ages. Explore more than 400 years of American writing of all genres, vintage typewriters, a Word Waterfall, word games and a Surprise Bookshelf that includes sounds, smells, videos and dioramas. Special exhibit FREE with paid admission: Level Up: Writers & Gamers.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
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  • Randolph/Wabash • 3 min walk
  • Lake • 4 min walk
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  • christopherbO9687MP
    Acton, Massachusetts720 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent summary of American writers in general and Chicago's in particular
    The American Writers Museum contains an excellent summary of American writers in general and Chicago's in particular. Each of the featured writers in various mediums (fiction, poetry, screenplays, etc.) gets a brief introduction on a massive display wall plus a sample of their more famous sentences. Even if you don't recognize some of them, it's fun to see what they said that was particularly memorable. There are also lots of interactive displays that allow visitors to try crafting their own literature. That should appeal to young students as well as older readers.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Michael R
    Raleigh, North Carolina25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Spot for Readers and Writers
    I was curious about this museum as a high school science teacher. I went with a friend and thought we would just spend 20-30 minutes there to report to others what it was like. But, we were sucked in and spent close to an hour. It’s a small space (5-6 areas arranged in a circle). There are many interactive exhibits as well as information. It features all sorts of writing - novels, poetry, speeches, song, etc from people with diverse backgrounds. Certainly something for everyone to explore. Unexpected highlight of the trip. The entrance is on Michigan Avenue although there is a sign visible on Lake Street. Paid as we walked in. Hope they can increase the choices in the gift shop (pens or pencils?). Wanted to support them further and spread word to students.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 July 2023
  • The_Coach55
    Ruislip, United Kingdom1,144 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Innovative Museum
    The American Writers Museum is located in the Loop area of Chicago on North Michigan Avenue close to Millennium Park. There is a great deal of information pertaining to American authors over the last four centuries and I found it really absorbing. Great writers such as F Scott Fitzgerald, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck were well covered as were more local authors like Saul Bellow, Ray Bradbury, Nelson Algren and Upton Sinclair. I was slightly disappointed to not be able to vote for Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle in my top three American novels as it wasn’t on the list. There are plenty of interactive exhibits on which budding writers can hone their skills. We spent a couple of hours here and the admission fee is $14 per person. The museum is closed on Wednesdays.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Robert P
    Valley Cottage, New York159 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small museum with lots to see and read
    This place is great. Starts with a room for children’s literature to thrill parents and kids. Then explores the history of writing in America with dozens of biographies set on a timeline and dozens of highlighted works across all genres (including lyrics, advertising, journalism) A special exhibit on Black literary history (included in your ticket) is a thought-provoking must see.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Diane Elam
    Columbia, Missouri111 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Type on a typewriter!
    Definitely somewhat of a hidden gem of the city. This museum wasn’t mentioned as much as some of the other places while researching for this trip. I added it to the list in case I had time and I was able to make it and I’m glad I did. I love that they had a station with typewriters where you could type something and put it on the wall. I chose a quote that a writer friend of mine wrote that I absolutely love!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 February 2024
  • Anuja V
    Toronto, Canada31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Great Museum Experience for Kids & Adults!
    This little museum is such a worthwhile stop if you are visiting Chicago! Staff are so friendly and enthusiastic, tickets are reasonably priced, and there is a lot to see, do, and learn. There’s a great kid lit room that’s perfect for kids who might just want a quiet space to read/chill. Lots of interactive exhibits to check out. Kids especially liked the typewriters and the digital mad libs. Free bookmarks for everyone was a nice touch!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 March 2024
  • Caitlin H
    Kansas40 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Museum for Literature Lovers is Overall Wheelchair Inclusive
    The American Writer's Museum greatest strength is its design. It is incredibly interactive and uses technology to make historical or lesser known authors and their work exciting to new audiences. Try to catch a tour. They are free and the staff is knowledgeable and excited to talk literature. Depending on your point of view, the museum's focus on breadth and not depth can be a weakness or a strength. The current special exhibit (Level Up) was disappointingly surface level in its analysis. The museum is easily wheelchair accessible, but some elements of a few displays cannot be manipulated from a seated height. This was not enough of a factor to make me feel like I was missing out substantially and I would still consider it a worthwhile stop for those making use of seated mobility aids. I did not use the restrooms, so I cannot speak to them.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 June 2024
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Tanya T.
Illinois1,616 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
This museum was even better than I anticipated. If you have a passion for literature, language, and the creative writing process, then you should visit this Chicago museum. It is filled with books (from children to adults), interactive games, and beautiful exhibits that celebrate the heritage of authors as well as their contributions. We spent about an hour but if you find a nice book to read, you may be tempted to sit and stay longer. I recommend this tour for educators, students, history buffs, and travelers who seek a unique cultural experience.
Written 20 June 2024
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Caitlin H
Kansas40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The American Writer's Museum greatest strength is its design. It is incredibly interactive and uses technology to make historical or lesser known authors and their work exciting to new audiences. Try to catch a tour. They are free and the staff is knowledgeable and excited to talk literature. Depending on your point of view, the museum's focus on breadth and not depth can be a weakness or a strength. The current special exhibit (Level Up) was disappointingly surface level in its analysis.

The museum is easily wheelchair accessible, but some elements of a few displays cannot be manipulated from a seated height. This was not enough of a factor to make me feel like I was missing out substantially and I would still consider it a worthwhile stop for those making use of seated mobility aids. I did not use the restrooms, so I cannot speak to them.
Written 9 June 2024
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Anuja V
Toronto, Canada31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This little museum is such a worthwhile stop if you are visiting Chicago! Staff are so friendly and enthusiastic, tickets are reasonably priced, and there is a lot to see, do, and learn. There’s a great kid lit room that’s perfect for kids who might just want a quiet space to read/chill. Lots of interactive exhibits to check out. Kids especially liked the typewriters and the digital mad libs. Free bookmarks for everyone was a nice touch!
Written 16 March 2024
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Diane Elam
Columbia, MO111 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Definitely somewhat of a hidden gem of the city. This museum wasn’t mentioned as much as some of the other places while researching for this trip. I added it to the list in case I had time and I was able to make it and I’m glad I did. I love that they had a station with typewriters where you could type something and put it on the wall. I chose a quote that a writer friend of mine wrote that I absolutely love!
Written 29 February 2024
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Logan R
Clare, MI1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Staff was friendly and inviting. Lots of fun interactive displays. and lots of information on writers and different types of writing.
Written 29 February 2024
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Alan A
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
What a fantastic tribute to this topic. Really well done and informative. Great balance of historical, contemporary, and experiential.
Written 18 February 2024
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David_J_from_Chicago
Chicago, IL70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Very interesting museum, rich with history, including local authors. Well presented and interactive. We spent about 2 hours and were able to review much but not all of the exhibits.
Written 6 January 2024
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Alan S
Chicago, IL116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The most underrated museum I've visited. Most locals I've spoken to haven't heard of it, and I went there not expecting much and to be in and out in an hour. I spent three hours there as it was just so well set-up and was incredibly interesting with exhibits on modern writing, older writing, poetry, novels, and speeches. Strong representation of Black American writing too which was something I had little prior knowledge on, and this was a real highlight. Even had old school typewriters for people to practice on and type up letters. Really well worth visiting.
Written 30 December 2023
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Samantha C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This museum had so many interactive experiences that were fun for the whole family. We spent an hour and a half here. Lots to learn and do.
Written 29 December 2023
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Judy G
Huntington Woods, MI270 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is a great museum for people who appreciate the written word and are interested in exploring the origins in America. There is a small area for children. If you love reading this is your museum.
Written 18 October 2023
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