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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
Theater District
+1 312-374-8790
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All reviews interactive exhibits written word bob dylan children's literature frederick douglass book lovers love books non fiction book club english teacher an avid reader children's section office building heart of downtown chicago two hours all ages michigan ave
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Reviewed 3 days ago

For literature fans an intriguing little museum. Even though the museum seems to be small, you can spend a couple of hours here, because there is so much to read about.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank riikkasusannavalpup
Reviewed 1 week ago

I think I echo the sentiment of quite a few reviewers when I say that I expected to like it, but was happily surprised that it was so much more than I imagined. You really cold spend a whole afternoon here. So much to see...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Blumagoo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a beautiful, interactive space! The layout and design are captivating. We visited with children aged 9-15 and all were enthralled with the interactive options around every corner. A fun place to learn! Well worth the visit.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jagmd
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife was the one most excited about this museum as she is an avid reader and writer, but I ended up really loving it too! It was very interactive and beautifully put together. There was a digital word wall, a hall of interactive boxes...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank bryan8underwood
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We just happened upon this museum located off of Michigan Avenue. It celebrates a history of the American writer in a visually appealing way. I particularly enjoyed the Bob Dylan exhibit. A must see if you love books, poetry and literature in general.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank R4403PIkatiec
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This unique museum is an absolute must see for those who love the written word. It is exceptionally well done with lots of interactive displays that appeal to any age group. I was expecting to only spend an hour there and didn't want to leave...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Avagoodholiday
Reviewed 10 February 2019

I'm in agreement with the handful of other 3-dot reviews that I should have read. Although nicely maintained and not crowded, it was just okay--nothing revelatory. I was hoping for more history on and artifacts from American writers. I felt I was walking through a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank RCS28211
Reviewed 8 February 2019

Loved the museum and the interactive displays. They have all kinds of events here. Interesting displays. They have a really cool gift shop, too.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sandradQ1904NU
Reviewed 7 February 2019

Loved the deep dive into America's literary voice offered by this museum. I felt it brought out the vigor, lustiness, and courage of the American writer. Also, while doing so, it opened up to the aspiring writer the invitation to think about how their voice...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank litquest
Reviewed 4 February 2019 via mobile

Great museum. Not very large but interesting. We can for the exhibit about Bob Dylan and enjoyed the rest of the exhibits and information. Just half day and you will have done the museum thoroughly. Enjoy and come away with a new appreciation of your...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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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.
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10 December 2017|
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Response from joancB8439ZG | Reviewed this property |
They have website that might have that update