Have you ever wanted to learn more about the life of Alexander Hamilton? Or maybe you've seen the musical Hamilton and can't get enough of the production? Have you ever wondered what historical facts are embellished in Hamilton or ever wanted to just be completedly immersed on the streets of New York in the early days of our nation ?
If so, Hamilton fans, you're in luck! Hamilton: The Exhibition is the newest, interactive spectacle open to the public and unlike any museum you've been to before. No Broadway show ever has attempted anything like this — and certainly not some 800 miles from Midtown Manhattan in a 35,000 square foot, football field-sized temporary building in Chicago.
Hamilton: The Exhibition is a temporary multi-media attraction that, if all goes according to plan, will eventually tour the nation. And it has opened its doors first in Chicago.
"The founding of America was more fascinating than anything I could make up," Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical's creator, explains in a video at the exhibit that sets the tone for the exhibition's experience.
Visitors to the exhibit will experience a deeper dive into the world of Alexander Hamilton. The exhibit's timeline begins in St. Croix where visitors see Hamilton as a trader. The exhibit then takes visitors into the eye of the hurricane that led Hamilton to the streets of New York.
Visitors also get a look at Geroge Washington's war tent and an intense seven-minute reenactment of the Battle of Yorktown. The exhibit ends with Hamilton's death by duel at the age of 49.
And while care is taken to make sure Hamilton: The Exhibition is different from Hamilton: An American Musical, visitors to the museum are handed a pair of 3D glasses and are treated to the opening number of Hamilton in 3D at the end of the exhibit.
The self-guided audio tour is narrated by Lin-Manuel MIranda, Phillipa Soo (actor, Eliza Schuyler), Christopher Jackson (actor, George Washington), and Joanne B. Freeman, historical advisor and Professor of History at Yale University.
And not surprisingly, the exhibit has opened to glowing reviews. The Chicago Tribune raves,
"LIKE NOTHING CHICAGO HAS SEEN. INVENTIVE, PAINSTAKINGLY DETAILED, AND VISUALLY IMAGINATIVE, HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION IS EXECUTED AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF ART AND CRAFT.”
But don't delay your visit, this is just a temporary museum. An end-date for the museum has not yet been announced; however, visitors can currently buy tickets through September 8th.
If you go: "Hamilton: The Exhibition" is located at 1535 S. Linn White Drive on Chicago's Northerly Island and Museum Campus. The website suggests allowing for at least an hour for the self-guided audio tour (headset provided with ticket price). Entry is by timed admission.
Adult Tickets: $39.50
Youth ages 4-14: $25
Group discounts are available for groups of 10+.
Check out more at hamiltonexhibition.com
Images: Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/TNS