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At Walker Sands we’re built on three pillars – learn, support and do – which is why we’re big fans of the newest museum to open its doors in Chicago, The American Writers Museum. The new museum speaks to our mission in three ways: by encouraging learning in their state of the art immersive exhibits; by supporting the literary community in Chicago and beyond; and by motivating visitors of every walk of life to enrich their lives through all forms of reading and writing.
Before its doors opened in May 2017, the museum and its stakeholders persevered for many years to see the vision through. In fact, it took nearly seven years of planning, funding and writing for the exhibits to come to life. Since opening, USA TODAY ranked the museum #1 in Readers’ Choice awards for Best Illinois Attraction. Songs of praise don’t stop there. Bustle, The Boston Globe and Simcha Travel among others have cited the American Writers Museum as a must visit Chicago attraction.
We had to see what all the excitement was about and on a recent visit to the museum I was wowed by the beautiful exhibits that were not only informative but eye opening as well. The museum honors and celebrates the whole gamut of writers, from reporters and politicians to musicians and novelists. Their vision, "to engage the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives," is reflected in each and every exhibit.
Of the twelve permanent exhibits, my favorite was the word waterfall, an audiovisual immersive experience. Picture words cascading to forming well known and not so well known snippets of literature and writing while being bathed in narrative sounds that make it hard to look away!
Experience the word waterfall and other interactive exhibits yourself by planning your next trip to The American Writers Museum here.
Additionally, Walker Sands is excited to be partnering with the American Writers Museum to host our annual Just a Book club. If you’re a marketer based in Chicago and want to learn more about the book we’ll be reading and the event we’ll be hosting in the museum, check out the Just a Book landing page here.