Tennessee Williams Museum opens new exhibit – Rare photos show playwright’s personality - A group of people standing in a room - Art exhibition
Dennis Beaver, right, founder of the Tennessee Williams Museum, and guests, left to right, Eric Seggern, Alexandra Ogilvie and Amy Robertson discuss a collection of rare photographs featuring Tennessee Williams with well-known personalities of his day. The temporary exhibit, titled “New Acquisitions of Rare Photographs with Film and Theater Glitterati,” will be on display through Dec. 29. KEY WEST ART & HISTORICAL SOCIETY/Contributed

The Tennessee Williams Museum continues its tribute to one of the greatest 20th century American playwrights with a new temporary exhibit to show off its latest acquisition.

Museum officials recently obtained a collection of photographs of Williams with “film and theater glitterati” of his day. The exhibit will be on display from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Dec. 29. The museum is located at 513 Truman Ave.

The rare collection features Williams with many of his celebrity contemporaries, including Judy Garland, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner, and Marlon Brando on the set of “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

“Many movie stars, writers and Broadway actors visited him at his Key West home on Duncan Street,” said Dennis Beaver, who founded the museum in honor of the Pulitzer prize-winning literary icon who lived in Key West from 1949 until his death in 1983. “During those years, he is credited with helping to make Key West the cultural and literary destination it is today and the home of many writers and others in the field of entertainment.”

The museum has become a destination for Tennessee Williams enthusiasts and scholars. Its collection of historic, archival materials helps keep alive the importance of Williams’ literary legacy and offers an impressive collection of memorabilia and literary artifacts. A merger with Key West Art & Historical Society in 2017 supports the exhibit and a continuing full roster of writing and painting contests, film forums and the annual Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration every March.

The Tennessee Williams Museum is open daily for self-guided tours. Curator tours are available upon request and with advance notice by calling 305-204-4527. More information is available at 305-295-6616 or WWW.KWAHS.ORG. 

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