American Writers Museum

American Writers Museum, Chicago: Hours, Address, American Writers Museum Reviews: 5/5

American Writers Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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 FREE with paid admission; My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today and Ray Bradbury: Inextinguishable.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Admission tickets
from $14.00
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
How to get there
  • Randolph/Wabash • 3 min walk
  • Lake • 4 min walk
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MarthaIllinois
Alta, IL171 contributions
May 2021
This museum is in the center of tourist activity but people walk by it all the time. The museum is extremely well done with lots of interactive exhibits. It would be easy to spend two hours here and go through all the rooms. Altho’ there is one small room devoted to children’s books, most children would be very bored. This is definitely a place of interest to adults. The senior rate is half price.
Written June 2, 2021
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Vegan15
Chicago, IL21 contributions
May 2021
Wow!!! I rarely leave reviews but I was so blown away by my visit to the Writers Museum today. I'm kicking myself that I have walked by countless times (it's located in the heart of downtown Chicago right on Michigan Avenue) without going in. It appears to be a tiny museum and I assumed I would be in an out in 45-60 minutes, but I was there for over two hours and could have spent twice that amount of time. There are so many incredible interactive exhibits, some with a focus on Chicago writers that have influenced history, others that encourage the visitor to engage their own writing muscles, and much more. What a hidden gem!
Written May 27, 2021
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Tramble
Chicago, IL221 contributions
Nov 2019
Engaging small museum and a good place to unwind and READ about writers, where their writing fits into the history of American history; there are some interactive displays which avid readers might enjoy. The museum may be a bit boring for young children, especially if they themselves don't read. For the most part, this museum is a "quiet" space, not to place to visit ("SHHH, people want to read!"). If you enjoy reading and want a self-instructional time exploring information about literature, this museum gives one that unique experience.
Written January 8, 2020
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ginnybean52
9 contributions
Aug 2020
I like that it is immersive, in that there are plenty of things to touch, open, turn. There are even old typewriters to use! There is a robust children's room (I am anxiously awaiting grandchildren to take) and displays everywhere. It is a small space, but difficult to take all in on one day. You definitely don't just stroll by exhibits, you engage and you think. And it is so personal, you can think it was made just for you.
Written February 2, 2021
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imaginelifenow
Chicago, IL5 contributions
May 2020 • Friends
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 creatively. Alot of variety - history, hands on exhibits, play games, or sit and read. The author talks are very interesting. I spent awhile here and then became a member.
Written May 7, 2020
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klhchicago
Chicago, IL115 contributions
Jul 2019
Right on Michigan Avenue tucked away on a floor or two above the ground which is a step into the history of assorted U.S. writers. This is a very approachable place and has great presentation on writers through out recent history and their stories. Nice to see a good variety of writers that includes people of color.
Written January 11, 2020
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maracarle
New York14 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Best writers museum ever! Entertaining, providing information on the writer/writing world in different challenging ways. Relaxing place for a visit and also for reading or writing in one of the cozy couches.
Very recommended.
Written January 13, 2021
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Dawn Henderson
2 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
If you enjoy reading you'll love this experience. My teenage daughter and I went together and it was absolutely a highlight of our trip to Chicago. The layout is really interactive and I found the material to be engaging and inspiring. Absolutely worth the time and cost. Highly recommend!
Written October 16, 2021
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Jane Everham
Fort Collins, Colorado3 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
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 for another hour and a half and still didn’t see it all. I loved every single exhibit I experienced. Maybe the interactive white table was a favorite but actually I loved it all. My advice is just plan to be there for several hours. The time will fly by. This is truly a Chicago gem!
Written December 1, 2020
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Troy C
8 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
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 museum. And there's a chance I just missed them because there was so much to see and read. I didn't finish in the hour I had and the staff was kind enough to let me return later in the day to finish my visit.
Written February 16, 2020
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  • Thu - Mon 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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