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American Writers Museum

American Writers Museum

The American Writers Museum is the first national museum in the United States dedicated to engaging the public in celebrating American writers. Tap GO and check out 'Writers Hall' for a preview of the museum, but like any good page-turner, it‘ll only leave you wanting more. Plan a visit to unlock the exclusive, behind-the-scenes content for each exhibit.

  • 1.

    Writers Hall

    Writers Hall

    Welcome to the American Writers Museum! Start your adventure here!

  • 2.

    Children's Literature Gallery

    Children's Literature Gallery

    Why is Children’s Literature important? Who painted the mural on the wall? Learn the answers and more

  • 3.

    American Voices

    American Voices

    Trace the development of the American voice with the 100 emblematic and influential authors

  • 4.

    Surprise Bookshelf

    Surprise Bookshelf

    Each box contains a surprise! Catch a glimpse here.

  • 5.

    Edge, Promise, Identity

    Edge, Promise, Identity

    What makes American writing American? Learn about themes of American writing with Ivy Wilson, Maureen Corrigan, and Ilan Stavans

  • 6.

    The Meijer Gallery

    The Meijer Gallery

    "Capturing Stories: Photographs of Writers by Art Shay" - landmark images of notable writers.

  • 7.

    Readers Hall

    Readers Hall

    This colorful communal space easily transforms from a cozy reading nook to an extraordinary event space

  • 8.

    Frederick Douglass AGITATOR

    Frederick Douglass AGITATOR

    This exhibit explores Frederick Douglass as an activist, orator and self-taught writer.

  • 9.

    The Mind of a Writer Gallery

    The Mind of a Writer Gallery

    Try out different writing methods, and learn how words shape meaning

  • 10.

    Wintrust Chicago Gallery

    Wintrust Chicago Gallery

    Learn more about the dynamic nature of the Chicago literary scene

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