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About the
Tennessee Williams Museum

Tennessee Williams is known as one of the greatest 20th century American playwrights.  His works such as The Glass Menagerie, Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and many others are classics of the American stage which earned him two Pulitzer Prizes, Tony Awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as well as many other literary awards.  His work reached world-wide audiences in the 1950s when his plays were adapted into motion pictures.  His works remain relevant today as his plays continue to be performed and studied internationally.

Tennessee Williams visited and lived in Key West from 1941 until his death in 1983.  He established residence here in 1950 when he bought the house at 1431 Duncan Street.  He was part of the literary movement that resulted in Key West and the Florida Keys being recognized as the cultural and historical location it is today.

Visitors to our city and locals are invited to tour this educational and historic exhibit.  They can enjoy and learn about Williams’ literary accomplishments and life in Key West through an extensive collection of photographs, first edition plays and books, rare newspaper and magazine articles, videos, a typewriter used by the author while writing in Key West, a scale model of his Duncan Street residence, and other remarkable artifacts on display.

Contact us

513 Truman Avenue

Key West, Florida 33040

Opening Hours

Monday through Sunday

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

last admission 4:30 p.m.


Mike Amundsen, CA

'Lots of historical photos and documents. A great place for Williams fans. Staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. Exhibits are well done, too.  In Key West, Hemingway gets all the publicity here but Tennessee Williams deserves attention, too.'

Horacio Sierra, NY

'A cozy and informative museum founded by a local to celebrate the life and work of one of America’s greatest playwrights, Tennessee Williams.  Why here? Because Tennessee considered it his home for more than 30 years!'

Jas Parks, SC

'Just like Key West - an unexpected gem built from respect and affection of the people who live here! Can't honestly say I even knew this town was a home for this great American author. But I can't begin to say how impressed I was to spend some time inside and to learn about him.'
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