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Skip the Line: American Writers Museum Admission Ticket

Skip the Line: American Writers Museum Admission Ticket
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Duration:
1–5 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
50
Wheelchair accessible
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  • Duration: 1-5 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
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Know before you go
  • Duration: 1-5 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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  • Skip the line ticket
  • Entry/Admission - American Writers Museum
Exclusions
  • Parking is not included.
Duration
1–5 hours
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Students qualify for the senior rate, must present a valid student ID upon arrival
  • The Museum welcomes all visitors and we hope to make our exhibits and programming accessible to all. To that end, the following services are offered: Button activated doors at the building entrance Elevator access to the 2nd floor A large, gender-neutral, family restroom Wide restroom stalls with grab bars
  • Button activated doors at the building entrance
  • Elevator access to the 2nd floor
  • A large, gender-neutral, family restroom
  • Wide restroom stalls with grab bars
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
Inclusions
  • Skip the line ticket
  • Entry/Admission - American Writers Museum
Exclusions
  • Parking is not included.
Duration
1–5 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Students qualify for the senior rate, must present a valid student ID upon arrival
  • The Museum welcomes all visitors and we hope to make our exhibits and programming accessible to all. To that end, the following services are offered: Button activated doors at the building entrance Elevator access to the 2nd floor A large, gender-neutral, family restroom Wide restroom stalls with grab bars
  • Button activated doors at the building entrance
  • Elevator access to the 2nd floor
  • A large, gender-neutral, family restroom
  • Wide restroom stalls with grab bars
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
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Last updated: Jun 14, 2021
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What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
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5.0
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Franny312
Chicago, IL2 contributions
It was great visiting American Writers Museum when it was opened several months ago, because I am also a professional writer. And many decades ago I taught English and journalism in Chicago Public High Schools. My memoir won two 1st-place awards for non-fiction 13 years ago, and WGN TV reviewed my memoir.

My novel, BEYOND THE GREEN, was now written and edited by me, Francine Pappadis Friedman, and it was read by Rick Kogan, a columnist of the Chicago Tribune, and he said "It's a fine piece of writing." And he told me that I could put his quote on my novel's back cover, so I did.
Written July 13, 2021
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rachelwest8
Charlottesville, VA42 contributions
Do this! If you are a fan of literature, reading, or just history in general, this is the place for you. I, a lit PhD student, loved it just as much a my mom, a casual reader. There is something for everyone and the interactive side of the museum ensures that everyone will have something to do.
Written July 24, 2021
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Jan R
1 contribution
I really enjoyed this Museum, I like the way it's set out with writers shown in historical sequence. A terrific display of Bob Dylan's writing and awards, (this is a changeable display).
This is great for keen readers or people interested in History and how it informs the writing at each historical event.
There's also an interactive room where I found many suggestions from visitors of books to read.
I spent about two hours here but really could have spent many more hours.
I liked the little Museum shop also, a good place to get mementos. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

The museum is easy to find and is in a grand and lovely building.
Written February 5, 2020
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Amie M
1 contribution
Friends
What an amazing little space! If you have ever enjoyed reading a book, you will love this place. It’s so deeply and thoughtfully interactive, detailed, beautiful, and fun. We only had an hour to visit which was not nearly enough to do everything we wanted to do! The person at the front desk offered for us to come back later in the day on our same admission ticket if we had extra time. If you’re visiting downtown Chicago, this is a great place to stop, including with children! Highly recommended!
Written November 28, 2021
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imaginelifenow
Chicago, IL5 contributions
Friends
So creative, so hands-on, such variety, nice size. It was so fun to see my 22 year old figure out how typewriters worked. “Mom, where is the #1?” I had to stop a remember that one. Haha. Something for everyone.
Written April 13, 2021
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Boatbebargen
Sycamore, IL43 contributions
Family
Attended with sons and found the museum very informative. Self paced exhibits and small gift shop area. Loved seeing the various typewriters used by famous people as well as actual typewriters that the young people can use. Very good exhibit of American authors. Will come back with other family members.
Written January 2, 2020
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Redrabbits81
West Lafayette, IN47 contributions
I just loved the American Writers Museum! I should also add the caveat that I majored in literature and writing in college, but I do think that you don't have to be a book nerd to enjoy this museum. One whole wall of the museum is dedicated to highlighting writers throughout America's history. Not only did this timeline exhibit provide the context of history, but it was also approached with inclusivity in mind. Not only did the exhibit include women writers and people of color, but the museum took effort to include a diversity of type of writing. It included journalists, poets, and essayists among novelists. As a visitor, you could also choose the depth of your interaction with the exhibit. You could peruse a few of the writers and their story, or you could dig deeper to learn the historical context of their writing and how it fit into the timeline of American history and thought. You could also watch interactive videos to dive in depth to themes throughout American writing in general. I got very immersed in the exhibit and had to stop reading every single word if I wanted to finish the rest of museum before they closed.

In the next room I got to pick my five favorite books and see where my votes lined up with other visitors. If I provided my email address, I was supposed to get a bookmark of my selections but I didn't receive it. In addition to couches and books to read, this room had interactive panels where you could learn facts about bookstores and reading in schools.

In the last stretch of the museum, you are invited to play with a variety of old school typewriters. The idea is that you write a bit of a story, and someone else comes along and adds a bit more. No one had left a story for me to add to, so I decided to start a couple, though technically one of them was actually a poem. Hopefully someone finishes them. I liked the idea of stranger collaboration.

the next exhibits were very technical. They had these huge tables and the surfaces were tablets. I thought it was cool but I didn't have time to play with it so I don't know what really what they did. I was impressed with how fancy they looked. There were other panels on the wall where you could learn about creating dialogue between characters. Another panel illustrated that writers usually have routines and let you compare your choices for a routine with those of other American writers. Who does't enjoy being compared to Walt Whitman?

The last exhibit I came to looked like one of those Pac-Man tables, but instead the game was to try and fill in the blanks of a paragraph with words provided. You can play by yourself or with another person sitting across from you. You earn points for how many words you use correctly, and get the most points if you use the same word as the original text. It is timed and so it is really hard, but I enjoyed playing it against my wife (she did not enjoy it as much as me, but that's only because I was beating her).

I spent about two hours here, and I easily could have spent another hour here. It is a rather small museum, but if you are interested in reading all the information and interacting with all the exhibits, you will need about three hours. Overall it is one of the best museums I have ever been to, and I hope people go and check it out.
Written May 30, 2018
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ByWayOfChicago
Chicago, IL29 contributions
Anyone who loves to read or is interested in writing in any form should visit here. It's not just info about novelists in here; the museum goes beyond fiction and showcases journalists, playwrights, poets, and copywriters. The exhibits are very interactive too which I really enjoyed. I'd also recommend this museum to people with kids as they have a nice children's room and do events such as story time.
Written November 2, 2019
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MartinBplus
Clovelly, Australia117 contributions
Friends
We more or less blundered into this museum because we had an hour to kill, and ended up spending about two and a half hours there - could have been longer but we ran out of time.

A very imaginatively presented museum, which gave an excellent overview of American authors, many of which I had not heard of previously. Particularly good is the initial section, which gives a short intro to 100 interesting writers.

We were lucky enough to catch the "Bob Dylan" exhibition, which was on during our visit, and which was really interesting. Don't miss Dylan's speech to the Nobel Institute.
Written May 27, 2019
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Hi Martin! We're so happy that you chose to wander in and had a good time at the museum. If you liked the Bob Dylan exhibit, we have a lot of other exciting exhibits and events coming up this year, and you can find more about them on our website (AmericanWritersMuseum.org). Thank you so much for taking the time to review, and we hope to see you again soon!
Written July 17, 2019
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HouseC1015
Cape Town, South Africa69 contributions
Couples
I happened by chance to stumble upon the entrance to the American Writers Museum while on a visit to Chicago. An exhibition featuring Bob Dylan was a further attraction for me as a life long Dylan fan. The museum is interactively structured spelling out the history of American literature alongside the history of America. Highly recommended!
Written May 11, 2019
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We're so glad that you stumbled upon us, especially as a Dylan fan! We have all kinds of events and new exhibits coming up that you might like also, if you're ever in Chicago again; you can find out more about them at AmericanWritersMuseum.org. Thanks for taking the time to review!
Written July 17, 2019
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Bob H
Bob H
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Could have stayed a lot longer
We went into this small museum not sure what to expect. We didn't leave nearly enough time, so had to leave way bef
Lisamarch
Lisamarch
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Excellent option when visiting Chicago
Exceeded all of our expectations. Fun for readers AND writers. So interesting and interactive, plus places to sit a
Marcel M
Marcel M
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A museum and “library” combined
My husband and I spent two hours here and loved it. If you love to read, you should enjoy this. The museum is on
Elizabeth J
Elizabeth J
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Readers Will Love This Museum!
Readers and writers will thoroughly enjoy this interactive, “easy to pace yourself” museum. So well displayed and
lilyeee
lilyeee
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SO interesting if you are a reader or historian, loved it!
Went there with college aged granddaughter..,,it was unique and special. We loved it, quiet and so informative.
lindsayw543
lindsayw543
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Awesome museum with lots of interactive exhibits.
Absolutely loved the museum! I went on a Sunday morning and had the whole place to myself. Most of the museum is in
DHtakestheWorld
DHtakestheWorld
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Not to miss if you enjoy reading
If you enjoy reading you'll love this experience. My teenage daughter and I went together and it was absolutely a h
GoPSULions
GoPSULions
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hidden gem
My daughter wants to write for TV (news or comedy) or film. Just a nice little museum if you're into American writ
nleprohn
nleprohn
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Great interactive exhibits
Don't let the small size fool you. We spent over 2 hours wandering thru and looking at the exhibits. Many are inter
stephanie12342014
stephanie12342014
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A “must-see” museum!
This museum is small, but it is packed full of interactive exhibits that encourage an immersive visit — many manipu
MarthaIllinois
MarthaIllinois
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Well done and interesting museum.
This museum is in the center of tourist activity but people walk by it all the time. The museum is extremely well d
Vegan15
Vegan15
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What a hidden gem!
Wow!!! I rarely leave reviews but I was so blown away by my visit to the Writers Museum today. I'm kicking myself t
ginnybean52
ginnybean52
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Engaging and fun experience for everyone who likes to read
I like that it is immersive, in that there are plenty of things to touch, open, turn. There are even old typewrite
Mara C
Mara C
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Must see in Chicago
Best writers museum ever! Entertaining, providing information on the writer/writing world in different challenging
jeverham
jeverham
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A Reader and Writer’s Heaven!
Its a small museum and after an hour and a half I wasn’t even halfway through. So after a lunch date, I went back f
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