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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
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All reviews bob dylan interactive exhibits written word children's literature frederick douglass book lovers non fiction love books english teacher book club children's section office building heart of downtown chicago all ages two hours michigan ave on display
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Thank jas48302
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unlike a museum with a vast and permanent collection, the American Writers Museum in Chicago reminds me of a collage of writers' achievement...ever-changing and distinctive. It is organized but in a free-associational kind of way. I loved hearing Langston Hughes' reading of a poem that...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interactive trip though the history of American Writers. It only opened in 2017 so I had no idea it existed. A nice one hour visit unless you love to engage with all of the interactive exhibits (doors, buttons and one room filled with old...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ken A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

......a great addition to Chicago's large list of museums. I found the museum both educational and fun. A great escape from the wind and cold. I think that this is also an outstanding venue for children and aspiring writers. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank NomadKevin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Come here when you have 2-3 hours free. Book lovers will bury themselves in the stories of America's great writers from F Scott Fitzgerald to Dr Seuss! The Surprise Bookshelf is addictive as you are given the chance to test your literary knowledge. Lots of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Christine H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We happened on the American Writer’s Museum to see a short term exhibit on Bob Dylan. This interactive museum is a treasure trove of literature. We were there for 2 hours and it was not nearly enough time. Try your hand at writing, share your...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Slee418
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a wonderful museum! A writer's museum could so easily be dull, static, and sententious. This place is the opposite-- fascinating, interactive in many different ways, diverse and engaging. True, it's not large, but each display is so well thought-out, that its depth more than...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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February 28, 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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December 9, 2017|
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Response from joancB8439ZG | Reviewed this property |
They have website that might have that update