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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.

    Word Waterfall

    Word Waterfall

    Take a moment to reflect about what it means to be American as words light up and dance around you.

  • 6.

    Bob Dylan: Electric

    Bob Dylan: Electric

    Rock out with the words of Bob Dylan like never before, featuring rare and personal Dylan artifacts.

  • 7.

    Readers Hall

    Readers Hall

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

  • 8.

    Tools of the Trade

    Tools of the Trade

    This temporary exhibit features typewriters, inkwells and more used by well-known American writers.

  • 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.

    Chicago Gallery

    Chicago Gallery

    Learn more about the dynamic nature of the Chicago literary scene

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