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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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
180 N Michigan Ave, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-7401
Downtown / The Loop
+1 312-374-8790
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All reviewsinteractive exhibitswritten wordlaura ingalls wilderchildren's literaturebook clubnon fictionbook loversfrederick douglassenglish teacherlow techlove booksreading everythingchronological ordertwo hoursoffice buildingheart of downtown chicagogirls weekend
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Bob was hesitate but enjoyed it. I spent most time on America writers which was well done. Rounded out my knowledge.

Thank Marilyn N
Reviewed 5 days ago

I haven't been to any museum like this one. It was not what I expected. It is interactive, for one thing. Another is that you can sit and use one of the manual typewriters to write for a bit. There are not lots of people...More

Thank christinachicago2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are/were an English major, if you teach ELA, or if you fancy yourself a writer, you will enjoy this museum. It is not overwhelming in size. I would estimate 3 hours if you immerse yourself. The admission fee is $12 for adults, and...More

Thank clairehs1974
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a newer museum that spans many genres and taps into the creative writing process. The timeline view was very informative and the children’s section colorful and welcoming. The timeline view highlighted the role of authors in the changing times. There were places that...More

Thank Claudette C
Reviewed 1 week ago

I tackled this museum after three hours in the Art Institute of Chicago; not a good idea. This is an interactive museum and requires your full attention. You can't be expected to be entertained without effort, here! That said, I did enjoy the museum, and...More

Thank AnnArborMHT
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are no specialist , you learn a lot in a nice way .....If you are , you will have lot to think , approve or criticize !

Thank 825fb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We heard about this little gem of a museum through a librarian friend. It is nicely done and much thought went into each interactive display. The cost of admission was a little high but understandable. Out of our party of 4; one person finished in...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you like to read, be prepared to invest three hours. There is a timeline above a wall of author biographies. It’s fascinating. The museum opens in a children’s author section, proceeds through the adult author timeline, and ends with interactive pursuits. I taught a...More

Thank professordoctormom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is one of the reasons we chose to visit Chicago. It did not disappoint. I only hope in the future that living authors can be added. The displays were curious and one in particular - a digital amalgamation of quotes across two walls-...More

Thank yogimamacita
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A museum that has depth and is interactive. A new star in Chicago's cultural constellation. Insights available to all ages.

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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