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American Writers Museum

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180 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60601

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In the heart of downtown Chicago, the American Writers Museum is the first and only national museum honoring American writers and their work, with interactive exhibits and programs that celebrate the past, promote the present and inspire the future of writing in the United States.

The American Writers Museum was created to celebrate the writers and their work. Exhibits showcase the writers who helped shape our history – writers of novels, song lyrics, poetry, plays, speeches, comics, journalism, humor, and more. The museum is a modern, interactive place with sights, sounds, scents, touchscreens, and original installations.

Our programs with award-winning and bestselling authors promote today’s writers, by bringing them together with their readers. These events take readers beyond the page, to hear from their favorite authors about their books, their impact, the writing process, and the subjects they write about.

There’s something for everyone, from children’s storytimes and author talks to literary cocktail tastings.

Find Your Words!
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $14 – Adults, $9 – Seniors (65+), $9 – Students (w/ valid ID), Children (ages 12 & younger) Free.
Program Admission: $10

Special offer: $5 off museum admission

Seniors (65+), students and seniors (with valid ID) always receive $5 off admission to the American Writers Museum. Regular rate $14. Special exhibits included. Children ages 12 and under are free.

Health and Safety

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Health Screening Required-Staff

Masks Required-Guest

Masks Required-Staff

CDC Recommended Cleaning Procedures

Hand Wash/Sanitizer Stations

Social Distancing Guidelines Enforced

Reduced Occupancy/Occupancy Limits

Motorcoach Parking Off-site

Average Visit/Tour Length 30-60 minutes

Team Building Activities Offered

Maximum Group Number 50

Group Discounts Available

Minimum Size for Group Admission Rate 15

Miles from O'Hare Airport 17.5

Miles from Midway Airport 12.8

Miles from Navy Pier 1.2

Miles from McCormick Place 2.6

Miles from Downtown 0.6




American Express

Student Group Friendly

Public Space Wi-Fi Available

ADA Compliant

Number of Retail Stores

Hours of Operation Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.


Buy-out Max Capacity 250

Preferred Catering Providers

Total Square Footage of Exhibit Space 11000

Number of Meeting Rooms 5

Largest Room, Theater Capacity 100

Largest Room, Reception Capacity (Standing) 150

Largest Room, Banquet Capacity (Seated) 60

Exhibit Space Available

On-site Audio/Visual Equipment

In-house/Exclusive Caterer(s)

Complete Buy-out Available

Max Capacity, Theater Style 90

Max Capacity, Reception Style (Standing) 250

Max Capacity, Banquet Style (Seated) 60

Video Conferencing Available

Max Venue Capacity 250

Private Meeting Space Available

Private Dining Available

Group Menu

Group Breakfast Available

Box Lunches Available

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