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American Writers Museum

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Visit the American Writers Museum today! Through innovative and dynamic state-of-the-art exhibitions, as well as compelling programming, the American Writers Museum educates, enriches, provokes, and inspires visitors of all ages. Special exhibits...more
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180 N Michigan Ave, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-7401
Downtown / The Loop
+1 312-374-8790
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All reviews interactive exhibits written word laura ingalls wilder children's literature non fiction english teacher love books book club book lovers frederick douglas low tech reading everything chronological order office building two hours heart of downtown chicago girls weekend
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I loved the museum simply because of the Edgar Allen Poe tour, who happens to be favorite writer in the macabre genre. If you are a fan of american literature, I would highly recommend this place. If you are not, you must still visit, just...More

Thank KevinAndrew356
Reviewed 5 days ago

This museum makes the most of their space! It offers such a wonderful history of Chicago writers with interactive exhibits that are fun. Learned a lot!

Thank Elizabeth B
Reviewed 1 week ago

They have wonderful lectures and presentations about many genres of writing. You must attend some of these. However, the museum alone has many fantastic displays--to warrant several visits.

Thank Elizabeth P
Reviewed 1 week ago

The price is fairly cheap and it's in the middle of the city! You won't need HOURS to visit, maybe just 1-2 good hours. The entire place is INTERACTIVE! You can play with everything there so it's a wonderful and educational experience for kids AND...More

Thank xkaybee
Reviewed 1 week ago

As a retired history and English teacher, I loved this museum but I agree with reviewers who have said that some people may not enjoy it too much. I loved going through their 100 chosen authors to see how many I knew, learn a little...More

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a good time in this small, new museum, but it is not for everyone. it is to honor writers, so that idea is superb by itself. however, it is a work in progress. in some senses, it is like a hall of fame,...More

1  Thank jeffrey k
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a language arts teacher, avid reader, and closet children's literature writer, it was the perfect ending to a whirlwind stay in Chicago. And I found a Shirley Jackson T Shirt of all things. If you don't know who she is you have to look...More

1  Thank mbsixto
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a lovely museum. We knew any of the names and were introduced to more. We would head back there any time we’re in the area.

Thank Lamesavp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The 4 of us loved this museum. Diverse authors as well as guests. Very heavy on “literature” and would have appreciated more writers of more normal fiction and non-fiction.

Thank jc1410
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The American Writers Museum apparently opened up about a year ago. I found this a fascinating museum. There are numerous displays and interactive screens. Unfortunately, I did not have much time to explore the museum but plan to return during my next visit to Chicago....More

Thank BruceC844
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28 February 2018|
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Response from dubielfamily4 | Reviewed this property |
You could easily do the museum in an hour. We did it when it opened at 9 A.M. before the Art Museum opened at 10 A.M.
sally c
10 December 2017|
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Response from Joan C | Reviewed this property |
They have website that might have that update