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American Writers Museum Exhibits

Chicago's Must-See Exhibits

If you’re looking for things to see in Chicago, the American Writers Museum houses permanent, temporary, and online exhibits.

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Celebrate American Writing

American writing is distinctive, diverse, and comes in many forms from across the nations. As the only museum devoted to American writers and their works, AWM connects visitors with their favorite authors and writings from more than five centuries, while inspiring the discovery of new works of every type – poetry, lyrics, speeches, drama, fiction, nonfiction, journalism, and more.

Our exhibits, both in-person and online, are all meant to engage visitors in a celebration of the significance and power of writing. We have three types of exhibit areas for you to explore:

We hope you enjoy what you find here, and check back or join our mailing to list to learn when new exhibits are added online and in-person.

My America: Immigrant & Refugee Writers Today

Permanent Exhibits

Spanning 400 years of history through writing, the permanent galleries at the American Writers Museum are dynamic and interactive. All ages and interests will find something engaging and surprising at the museum.

Support the Future of American Writing

The American written tradition is vibrant, raucous, and still young. By showcasing the first 200 years, we hope to inspire the writers of the next 200. Be a part of the future of the American written word.

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Class Trips Bring Writing To Life

Our downtown museum is a fun, interactive, and educational space that shows students the power of writing. By immersing your class in our exhibits, and letting them explore the history of American writers, they can gain a new appreciation for the art, history, and passion behind why people write. Inspire the potential writers in your class.

  • Guided tours
  • Self-study
  • Freedom to explore
  • COVID-Precautions Enforced

American writers have changed the country. A trip to the museum can change your student’s life.

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