Writers Hall

180 N. Michigan Avenue Second Floor Chicago

American Writers Museum
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The American Writers Museum celebrates American writers through innovative, state-of-the-art exhibitions and compelling programming.


This museum is a thought-provoking  place where you will encounter writers of all kinds and gain insights into how writing has both shaped and reflected America.

The American Writers Museum's mission is to engage the public in celebrating American writers while exploring their influence on our history, identity, culture, and daily lives. Through state-of-the-art exhibitions and compelling programming, the American Writers Museum strives to educate, provoke, and inspire the public.

"After all, what is written describes a people and what is celebrated defines their values.”  — Jim Leach, former Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities

From the Writers Hall, you can choose one of two visitor paths through the museum: one path begins in the Nation of Writers gallery, which focuses on major themes in American writing. An additional path leads you directly into Visionaries and Troublemakers, a gallery which emphasizes the literary heritage of metropolitan Chicago. Before choosing your path, take a look at the wall next to the doors: you'll see information on our founder, Malcolm O'Hagan, who was inspired by the Dublin Writers Museum.

If you look up, you can catch a glimpse of our colorful Book Cloud. Compiled from prolific titles that we've pulled from American literary history, our Book Cloud embodies our core value: celebrating the multi-faceted history of literature in America. Make sure to check back here on your way out to visit the gift shop, discover affiliated author-home museums in your area, and enter your zip code in the Home Town Author kiosks to continue your adventure outside of the AWM!

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