“Hamilton: The Exhibition,” a 360-degree experience featuring an audio tour narrated by musical creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, will make its world premiere at Chicago’s Northerly Island beginning this November.
“With a dynamic and interactive mix of lighting, sound, multimedia, music and historical artifacts, you will experience how it felt to write the way Hamilton wrote, fight the way Hamilton fought, and live the way Hamilton lived,” according to the exhibit’s website. “Sit at Hamilton’s desk and discover how his work as a trader in St. Croix gave him the skills to create our country’s financial system. Gaze upon the streets of New York with detailed replicas of the city in 1776. Step into George Washington’s war tent as you learn how the Revolutionary Army planned their shocking victory in the Battle of Yorktown.”
The exhibit, set to open on Nov. 17, will be housed in a "specially-constructed free-standing, all-weather structure the size of a football field," according to organizers.
“Hamilton is a musical. It’s as much of Alexander Hamilton’s life as we could wrestle into two and a half hours of musical theater, and it’s been incredible and surreal to see the renewed interest this has sparked in Alexander Hamilton’s life and times," Miranda said in a statement. "I’m so thrilled with the work David Korins has done alongside eminent historians Joanne Freeman and Annette Gordon-Reed, who are experts in this arena. With this exhibition, they’re creating an immersive companion piece for Hamilton, and a deep dive into the details and experiences of Hamilton’s story.”
Broadway producer Jeffrey Seller told the Chicago Tribune he was “inspired by the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in picking Chicago for the rollout” as well as the city’s response to the beloved musical.
“I hope to use this exhibition to answer some questions that the musical doesn’t address, like ‘What did Alexander actually do when he was a trader in St. Croix? What did Hamilton’s Manhattan look like? How did we win the battle of Yorktown?’" Seller said in a statement. "In an environment that is visually stunning, aurally thrilling and ingeniously educational, we aim to give visitors yet another unique portal through the life of Alexander Hamilton into the American founding.”
Tickets were not yet on sale as of Monday, but were expected to be released at a later date. For more information, click here.