American Writers Museum

Thursday, January 4, 2018

 This place is amazing! This fall I visited the American Writers Museum in Chicago and I was so impressed. The museum had so much to see and was completely interactive. There was a children's section that featured Goodnight Moon, Charlotte's Web, and Dr. Seuss. Any young readers would be thrilled to see their favorites.
 There are beautiful quotes from authors decorating the walls. There are musical sections. When I was there, the entire Kerouac scroll was on display. I easily could have spent half a day there exploring the whole place. Unfortunately, I was attending a conference and so I only had a few hours, but I'm so glad I took the time to visit on that quiet Thursday afternoon.
 One of the main area is a giant timeline of American authors. It's broken up by different periods and includes details about what was happening during that time (like the Civil War or a medical advancement). Make sure you turn the text block beneath the author photo for more info. I didn't realize they turned until I was halfway down the hall. 

I loved discovering new authors alongside old favorites.  Seriously such an incredible place to visit. If you're in Chicago, even for a day, I hope you'll stop by. It's right downtown and worth every second you spend there!


Jay said...

I've had my eye on this place since they opened but haven't been up there yet so am glad to see your review and that it is a positive one. I have a Memorial Day-ish trip to Chicago planned so I'll try to hit it up at that time.
-Jay (

Julie @ Smiling Shelves said...

I did not know such a place existed! I have relatives outside of Chicago, so hopefully I can talk them into going to this museum next time I'm there for a visit!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Jay - You definitely have to check it out. You’d love it!

Julie - Yes! Even if they don’t want to go, visit them and go on your own!