Chicago Museum Hours & Tickets

Welcome to the American Writers Museum, one of the best museums in Chicago and your ticket into the interactive, inspirational, and surprising world of American writing of all genres. Learn about the history of writing in the United States and how it has shaped our lives through exhibits that stretch your imaginations and appeal to all 5 senses.. Then, explore the intricacies of language through games and try writing something for yourself on a vintage typewriter!

Our museum hours and admission and accessibility information follows. We can’t wait to welcome you!

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Hours of Operation

Thursday – Monday, 10am – 5pm


Adults $14
Seniors (ages 65+) $9
Students & Teachers (w/ valid ID) $9
Children (ages 12 & younger) Free
Big Bus combo pass


In-Person Only

Prices subject to change

Take the Trailblazing Women Writers Tour to discover the impact of women writers in American history! Tours are included with admission and begin at 3pm when the museum is open. Advance registration is not required. Learn more here.

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Visitor Expectations

  • Masks that cover your mouth and nose are recommended for all visitors.
  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and visit another time.

AWM Safety Measures

  • Gloves and styluses are available to promote safe interaction with museum exhibits.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the museum.
  • Compliance with all CDC and City of Chicago guidelines.

Holiday Hours

The AWM will be closed the following days: Thanksgiving Day, December 24, December 25 & January 1

Administrative Office Hours

We’re in the office Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm; we’re available by phone at (312) 374-8790.


The Museum welcomes all visitors and we hope to make our exhibits and programming accessible to all. To that end, the following services are offered:

  • Button activated doors at the building entrance
  • Elevator access to the 2nd floor
  • A large, gender-neutral, family restroom
  • Wide restroom stalls with grab bars
  • A variety of self-regulation fidgets to help maintain focus or calm down – request at the front desk

Please let us know what we can do to make your visit more enjoyable by contacting us via email or by voice telephone at (312) 374-8790.


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