Disappointing news for all the "Hamilton" musical fans: Despite "Hamilton" being one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history, the well-reviewed and highly-anticipated "Hamilton the Exhibition" is closing permanently in Chicago.
The exhibit, located on Chicago's Northerly Island (an area of Chicago made famous for its museums), is set to close on August 25th. Tickets had been sold through September 8th, however. All patrons who had purchased tickets for August 26th-September 8th will be issued refunds.
The team behind the exhibition was lead by "Hamilton" musical producer Jeffery Seller. In spring, we posted that the exhibition's goal was to eventually pack up all the exhibits and tour the nation. That plan, according to Seller, has been abandoned.
The abrupt closing of the museum comes as a surprise, as the "Hamilton" franchise has otherwise been wildly successful. Seller said that his intent now is to sell off the exhibit to another company, most likely one that will operate the exhibit at a permanent location and not tour the country as originally planned. He said negotiations are underway, but hinted that it will ideally end up in a tourist-centered destination.
The 35,000 square-foot exhibition cost upwards of $13 million and, if it were to become a traveling exhibition, would take nearly 80 trucks to move. That number is roughly 10 times the number of trucks required for the traveling Broadway tour of "Hamilton" the musical.
If you're in the midwest and had "Hamilton the Exhibition" on your summer bucket list, make sure you check it out before it permanently closes its doors on August 25th. We will be sure to let you know if the exhibit is sold to another museum.