American Writers Museum, Chicago

4.7
#11 of 48 in Museums in Chicago
The American Writers Museum:

- Educates the public about American writers – past and present

- Engages visitors to the Museum in exploring the many exciting worlds created by the spoken and written word

- Enriches and deepens appreciation for good writing in all its forms

- Inspires people of all ages and from all walks of life to discover, or rediscover, a love of reading and writing

-Through innovative and dynamic state-of- the-art exhibitions, as well as compelling programming, The American Writers Museum educates, enriches, provokes and inspires the public. We invite you to visit us, and experience American literature in a new, unique way!
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  • Love this place!! So many different things to do. I had a blast watching my college grad daughter try out the typewriters. “Where is the #1 key on this typewriter?” Each section is setup so...  more »
  • I had a meeting downtown and had an hour to kill. I visited this museum and lived it. A lot of displays worth reading. Was disappointed to not see Harper Lee or SE Hinton, but still a very comprehend....  more »
  • We had a great two-hour visit here. We were impressed with how interactive the exhibits were! We played several games and tried our hand at writing a story on different typewriters. Learned some...  more »
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  • I had the good fortune of working in the same building as the American Writers Museum and was so impressed with it upon my first visit that I decided to take out a membership. This museum is a great place to come for both inspiration and solid reading recommendations. For me, being normally influenced by international writers of global genres, the American Writers Museum is a good place to come to center myself on writers from my own Nation-State, the United States, and writers pivotal to our national history. I recommend sitting down and taking the time to read from some of their books on display and allowing ample time to slowly meander down their timeline. For me, this museum is an important place, because I would rather be well-versed in the writings of Frederick Douglass before knowing those of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, but ideally to know both of the two: writers both of the domestic sphere and the international, or global variety, but first to know the American. To know thyself before others. I highly recommend this museum.
  • This Museum is a hidden gem for anyone who enjoys or has been influenced by American writers. It's compact but extremely informative. Right now there's a Dylan retrospective that I found mildly interesting. But the design and the interactive access to information is very well thought out and executed. There's even a children's section, which of course as an adult I had to visit. Maurice Sendak? You can type on some old manual machines that are adjacent to the exhibit of actual typewriters used by noted authors. Not to be missed IMO.
  • Great museum for people who love writers and writing! There is a small section for kids and children's literature. It's a great place to go and read. My favorite part was the writer's portion, where you can try your chance on old typewriters, it makes you realize how much you rely on spellcheck and auto fill.
  • A wonderful hidden gem in Chicago! A must see for fellow writers, those who enjoy writing and a place where you are such surrounded by the history and stories of American literary giants. They also have a fantastic children's section!
  • Really interesting and informative exhibits. Very fun experience that is a little more off the beaten path. Really good price for what is inside. Would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to do something for around 2 hours.

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