Ernest Hemingway Museum closing its doors

Ernest Hemingway’s Birthplace

For decades, that house in Oak Park, Ill., operated as the Ernest Hemingway Museum. But not for much longer. The small institution is closing due to declining attendance.

“The best case scenario would have been to have the Museum remain open until the [forthcoming] Writing Center is complete,” John W. Berry, the Chairman of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, told Town and Country. “A former board member was very close to agreeing to underwrite the $25,000 annual rent until the new building was complete. Very sadly, he passed away suddenly […] a few days ahead of closing the agreement.”

“It wasn’t an easy decision to come to,” he told the Chicago Tribune.

The museum is expected to close later this year. [T&C]