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American Writers Museum tickets

Gate Prices Adult $12.00
Child (3-12)

Brief description:

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the American Writers Museum is home to interactive exhibits and programs that put all genres of writing on display. Recently named one of the 10 Best New Museums in the World by Fodor's, it’s a must-see for any literature lover.

What you get:

From typewriters to touchscreens, the museum offers something for visitors of all ages. The American Writers Museum strives to educate the public about writers of the past and present through interactive and captivating displays and exhibits.

Your American Writers Museum tickets include access to six different permanent exhibits as well as the special and seasonal exhibits that alternate throughout the year. At each exhibit, you’ll learn more about famous American writers and the process behind their most famous works. The museum also hosts tons of events for visitors of all ages – catch a keynote speaker or take the kids to a story time reading!


  • The Stead Family Foundation Hall: here you can be captivated by a ceiling covered in books – literally, it’s a cover art mosaic. Peruse the Donor Wall or use the interactive screens to learn more about authors and where they’ve come from.
  • A Nation of Writers: Explore the 100 authors featured in this exhibit that are credited with helping create and develop American writing and literature. Authors from the 1600s and on are represented along with their most famous pieces.
  • The S. Leigh Pierson and Douglas R. Contant Readers Hall: get a glimpse of what everyday Americans were reading during different time periods.
  • The Mind of a Writer: here you can try to get inside the thoughts and emotions of a writer – follow their journey through the creative process and see how the most famous of authors have honed their craft over the years
  • Wintrust Chicago Gallery: explore and read the works of some of Chicago’s most notable authors, poets and artists
  • The Negaunee Foundation Children’s Literature Gallery: literature has a profound effect on our youth – that’s why books specifically for children and young adults have been published regularly for the past 300 years. Kids can enjoy reading their favorite books, coloring and more.
  • Access to rotating special exhibitions

Tips for visiting:

  • Check the website for special events and readings happening during your visit
  • Don’t miss the special exhibits! There’s always something new and exciting going on here

Fun facts:

  • The museum opened its doors to the public on May 16th, 2017 and is already a favorite in the Chicago area
The Go Chicago Card is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Your pass includes American Writers Museum tickets, plus admission to dozens more top attractions.

Getting In

Present your pass at the museum front desk


Monday - Sunday: 10AM - 5PM


Extended hours vary by season see website.


Special exhibits free with paid admission. Featured in the Meijer Gallery is the temporary exhibit, Bob Dylan: Electric, celebrating the songwriting, poetry and prose of Dylan. Featuring handwritten lyrics, personal artifacts and the guitar he played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, see Dylan the writer like you've never seen him before. In the Roberta Rubin Writer's Room, Frederick Douglass: Agitator honors the incomparable work and enduring legacy of Douglass, who taught himself how to read and write, escaped from slavery, and used his fiery words and rousing speeches to push for social justice.


180 Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601

Driving Directions

From the North: Take I-90 E/I-94 E to the exit for Washington Boulevard, turn left onto W. Washington Boulevard. Turn left onto Michigan Ave. The museum is on the left. See below for various parking options in the area.

From the South: Take I-90 W/I-94 W to I-55 to the Lake Shore Drive Exit. After 2 miles, take the Randolph Street exit. Turn left on Randolph and follow it for 5 blocks to Michigan Ave. See below for various parking options in the area.

From the West: Take I-290 E to the W. Congress Parkway. Turn left on S. Dearborn St. Turn right on Lake Street. Turn right onto N. Michigan Ave. The museum is immediately on the right. See below for various parking options in the area.

Public Transportation

The AWM is easily accessible via public transit. CTA busses 2, 3, 4, 6, 26, 60, 124, 143, 146, 147, 148, and 151 have stops nearby. State & Lake and Randolph & Wabash CTA ‘L’ stations are within 2 blocks of the Museum and the Metra Millennium Station is one block south.

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