There’s a brand-new landmark bookworms can add to their literary bucket lists: The American Writers Museum opens on May 16 in Chicago, IL. Seven years in the making, the museum boasts an array of interactive and informative exhibits for book lovers of all ages. It focuses heavily on classic fiction writers, but it also pays homage to poetry, music lyrics, speeches, journalism, and other forms of writing. While some exhibits highlight the technical aspects of famed authors’ writing processes, there is also abundant trivia about beloved classics like Little Women, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Great Gatsby. Below are a few highlights from the American Writers Museum that readers will enjoy.
A Nation of Writers exhibit: American Voices
A Nation of Writers exhibit: Surprise Bookshelf
It may not be a library, but what would the American Writers Museum be without some comfy reading nooks? The Readers Hall is a large room in the middle of the museum for readers to enjoy classics, and the space will also host author talks, readings, writing workshops, and more. Visitors can submit their top five books on a touch screen and then email themselves a printable bookmark of their selections; meanwhile, your choices are added to a running ranking of other visitors’ favorites.
Children’s Literature Gallery
The Mind of a Writer exhibit
The American Writers Museum has so much to explore, and bookworms can easily spend a day here soaking up all the information in each exhibit. Next time you’re in Chicago, be sure to stop by and feed your inner book nerd!
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