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Chicago Has A Museum Dedicated To Our Favourite American Writers

Field trip for your book club?

Literati, book lovers and storytellers, rejoice! Chicago is home to a museum dedicated to the country’s literary heroes.

American literature has inspired movies, uni courses and cross-country road trips. But it’s yet to attract its own museum. Until now. Malcolm O’Hagan visited Ireland and saw how impressive the Irish writers’ museum was. Determined to give that kind of cultural importance to the United States, he raised US$10 million in funding and thus, the American Writers Museum was born.

The opening of the museum is a major milestone in American literary appreciation and criticism. It will host exhibitions focusing on the great American literary heroes of past and present. For example, current exhibition Bob Dylan: Electric (on until April 30, 2019) will celebrate Dylan’s contribution to music and literature (remember, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016).

Visitors will also get to explore the history, people and places that inspired many great pieces of literature from Mark Twain, Toni Morrison and Dr. Seuss, to name a few. In addition, the curators have collaborated with the homes of 65 American writers to ensure that the history is accurate and intimate.

The museum is open now and you can buy tickets for as little as US$12 (AU$16).

(Lead image: American Writers Museum / Facebook)