Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit, Key West

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#16 of 26 in Museums in Key West
The goal of the Exhibit is to keep the legacy alive of one of the greatest American writers of the last century. It offers visitors an entertaining and informative self-guided tour as well as curator led tours. Included in the Exhibit is the largest collection of Tennessee Williams memorabilia available to the public. It includes an extensive collection of photographs, most of which were taken in Key West, first edition plays and books, rare newspaper and magazine articles, videos, and a typewriter used by the author while writing in Key West. Historic and hard to find artifacts and materials continue to be donated and purchased to enhance the Exhibit.

An expanded Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration continues to be held each spring. Short story writing has been added to the poetry and painting contests. A series of classic award-winning films based on Williams’ plays are shown at the Tropic Cinema, followed by a film forum. Theater events explore the personal and artistic life of Williams in order to provide insights into the emotional and artistic rollercoaster that plagued him for most of his life and influenced his writing. The March 26 Birthday Reception recognizes contest winners and celebrates the life and work of one of Key West’s most famous residents.
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  • I learned a lot about Tennessee William's life. Exhibit was well done and they have 3 other sister museums in Key West.  more »
  • Recently visited the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit. It was charming in the old style exhibit way. No flashing interactive displays but good solid information on Williams' prolific writing and ho...  more »
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  • We took a tour today with the curator. Here's so very knowledgeable, and the stores are fascinating.
  • Very nicely done history of Tennessee Williams along with historical items. While not the original location in Key West where he did his best play writings it does have a scale model of his original house to see. The history from childhood till death is displayed in wall graphics and period accurate playbills, programs, etc. Though small if you like to read the items and props explanations it will take an hour plus to go through.
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