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American Writers Museum

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Humanities

Mission: THE MISSION OF THE AMERICAN WRITERS MUSEUM IS TO ENGAGE THE PUBLIC IN CELEBRATING AMERICAN WRITERS AND EXPLORING THEIR INFLUENCE ON OUR HISTORY, OUR IDENTITY, OUR CULTURE, AND OUR DAILY LIVES.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This museum is a delight for people who are avid readers and writers, and everyone else too. The exhibits make the connection between great American writing and the history of the U.S., showing how the writers influence our culture and even historical events. I have attended a few of their evening programs with authors, which are also really interesting. You can spend an hour - or several hours, exploring and contemplating and expanding the list of books you want to read. Highly recommended.

Deana S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family loves this museum. The historical stories about the authors and about writing, such as the old typewriters, are interesting. And the samples of text from great American authors brings back memories of books we’ve already read and makes us want to explore new texts. But the best part is the engaging interactive exhibits plus the ongoing new and updated exhibits which add surprises and interest to every visit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the things I enjoy about the American Writer's Museum is that it gives us insight into not only the past of American writing, but the future as well. The information is through and entertaining, from the hanging displays of famous writers and their stories, to the interactive touch screens that lets visitors craft sentences and short tales. But the biggest highlight of the museum is that visitors can write their own stories, on a typewriter no less. I had the pleasure of looking through what visitors wrote, and was astonished to see how many great writers there are, young and old, who, when you finish reading what they've written, make you wish they had written more. The future of American writing is definitely in good hands, and the American Writer's Museum proves it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The American Writers Museum is a treasure in Chicago! The interactive exhibits are a brilliant way to go deep with your favorite writers and learn about new writers that you might not be familiar with. And the special exhibits focusing on writers like Jack Kerouac and Bob Dylan have been so well curated. Their current exhibit on immigrant and refugee writers is timely and so thought-provoking. There is a lot to see and do with the typewriter collection and word games. It is a great way to spend the afternoon in Chicago.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The American Writers Museum is a favorite destination of my young kids. We have held play dates and a even a birthday party at the museum. It is wonderful to watch the children engage with the interactive exhibits to learn more about American authors and to play word games. It is especially fun to watch them carefully type our stories on the collection of type writers at the museum. It is a must-see for locals and tourists alike.