Key West Florida Weekly

Tennessee Williams Museum expands exhibits

The Tennessee Williams Museum, at 513 Truman Ave., has expanded and reconfigured its exhibits to further showcase the influence of the playwright on the city of Key West. COURTESY PHOTO / KEY WEST ART & HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Tennessee Williams Museum, at 513 Truman Ave., has expanded and reconfigured its exhibits to further showcase the influence of the playwright on the city of Key West. COURTESY PHOTO / KEY WEST ART & HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Key West is marking its bicentennial this year.

The Tennessee Williams Museum also is joining the 200th anniversary celebration.

The museum has expanded two of its historical exhibits that provide detailed material about two major gifts given by Tennessee Williams to the City of Key West.

The expanded exhibits showcase information about Williams’ writing, filming, and premiering “The Rose Tattoo” in Key West during the 1950s. Also, in 1981 Williams gifted the use of his name to the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center, now called the Tennessee Williams Theatre. These are two of the many cultural and philanthropic contributions made by the playwright during his 34-year residency that helped place Key West on the cultural and literary map.

Both of the museum’s exhibits have been repositioned and enhanced to provide new information about these gifts through the use of original photos by Don Pinder, playbills signed by the playwright, artifacts and details about the development and dedication of the Tennessee Williams Theatre.

The museum is open for self-guided tours from Thursday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30. p.m. An information sheet is available for guests that provides more in-depth details about the exhibits. For those seeking additional knowledge about the filming of “The Rose Tattoo” in Key West and the inclusion of local citizens and island locations in the film, or details about the dedication of the Tennessee Williams Theatre, museum curator Dennis Beaver offers private day-time tours for four or more guests. Prior arrangements must be made by visiting the museum’s website, www.kwahs.org/museums/tennessee-williams/visit

The Tennessee Williams Museum is at 513 Truman Ave., Key West. ¦

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