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American Writers Museum to Open in the Chicago Loop on May 16

Writers and book lovers listen up! A museum dedicated to American literature is opening in the Chicago Loop on May 16. The American Writers Museum, located on the second floor of 180 North Michigan Avenue, is the first and only museum of its kind in the United States dedicated to the lives and works of America’s great authors. From Ernest Hemingway to Dr. Seuss, the museum will celebrate over 300 American writers from across the country. This exciting new space is projected to attract more than 100,000 book lovers annually.

While a museum dedicated to the written word may seem a bit like a library, the space promises to be anything but. Five exhibits aim to not only educate, but to engage and inspire today’s current and aspiring writers in a highly visual and interactive way.

Examples of some of the museum’s out-of-the-box concepts include a Word Waterfall that combines the dynamic animation of words from featured works with imagery and soundscape, the Surprise Bookshelfs that include edge-lit boxes each with a hint on its face about an example of American writing, and The Mind of a Writer Gallery with its giant rolls of paper suspended from the ceiling to an easel, providing the opportunity to create a story.

The museum will also feature two changing galleries that will showcase exhibits and artifacts on loan from our nation’s historic writers’ homes and diverse educational programing and special events that promote literacy.

The American Writers Museum will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am – 4pm, and on Thursday from 10am – 8pm after May 16. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for kids. For more information on the American Writers Museum visit www.americanwritersmuseum.org.

Photo Credit: American Writers Museum 


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