Tennessee Williams Museum

513 Truman Ave, Key West, FL 33040

(305) 204-4527


The Tennessee Williams Museum in Key West is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the historical archival materials related to the renowned playwright Tennessee Williams, who was a resident of Key West from 1949 to 1983. The museum's mission is to serve as a resource for scholars, literary enthusiasts, and the general public, providing insights into Williams' life and his global significance.

The museum was established following the 100th anniversary of Tennessee Williams' birth in 2011. It began with poetry and painting contests and a birthday celebration, which showed significant public interest in Williams. The museum officially opened on March 26, 2013, after expanding its exhibit space. It is a not-for-profit organization, overseen by a board of directors and incorporated by the State of Florida.

The museum offers a comprehensive collection of Tennessee Williams memorabilia, which includes photographs (mostly taken in Key West), first edition plays and books, rare newspaper and magazine articles, videos, and a typewriter used by Williams while writing in Key West. The goal is to keep the legacy of one of America's greatest writers alive through an entertaining and informative experience, including self-guided and curator-led tours.

The Tennessee Williams Museum continues to thrive, with its annual Birthday Celebration being a key event to honor the literary legacy of this significant Key West resident. The museum also plays a vital role in the Key West Art & Historical Society's mission to preserve the culture of the Florida Keys by exhibiting regional art, architecture, and history.