American Writers Museum

As one of the most unique Chicago museums downtown, our mission is to celebrate the enduring influence of American writers on our history, identity, culture, and daily lives.

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.

The authors and works we present are not meant to be a definitive list of who is the greatest or most influential. Instead, we present authors and works as part of a continuum that will grow and change. We hope you will visit us often to see what authors and works come next!

The American Writers Museum owes its existence to the vision, passion and tenacity of its founder, Malcolm O’Hagan. We are forever indebted to Malcolm for his generosity and his enduring belief that America’s great writers deserve a home all their own.

Hours: Daily from 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: Adults: $14.00, Students, Teachers, and Seniors: $9.00 (w/ valid ID) , Children 12 and under: Free

Location: 180 N. Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60601
Public transportation: Many CTA busses have stops nearby. State & Lake and Washington & Wabash CTA ‘L’ stations are within 2 blocks of the Museum and the Metra Millennium Station is one block south.
Phone: 312.374.8790