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Tennessee Williams Museum, Key West

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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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  • It took me 3 years to finally visit this place, it was always closed. This time it closed before 4:30 even though it was advertised to be open till 5pm so I had to come back in the morning before I.....  more
    It took me 3 years to finally visit this place, it was always closed. This time it closed before 4:30 even though it was advertised to be open till 5pm so I had to come back in the morning before I.....  more »

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