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The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum
Ranked #8 of 68 things to do in Montgomery
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This historic house honors novelist F. Scott, best known for "The Great Gatsby," and his wife, Zelda, artist and author. The museum operates out of the last surviving home they lived in during their lives together. The structure was saved from demolition in 1986.
Reviewed 16 May 2014

A southern writers trail site worth visiting. Highly recommend hearing the stories here. The story of both F. Scott and Zelda and their families, how the museum came to be, and the collections here are well displayed and tell a good story. We enjoyed the DVD and speaking with the knowledgeable staff. Whether you have 30 minutes or 3 hours, you will enjoy this museum.

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thefitzgeraldmuseum, Manager at The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2014

Dear PixandScruff,

We are charmed to learn that your stay was so enjoyable! The Southern Literary Trail, of which we are a founding member, has many sites worth visiting (but of course we are partial to our own!).

The story of Scott and Zelda and where they came from and where they went and how they ended is breath-taking, indeed, and we are glad to know you enjoyed learning about it as much as we did telling you about it!

Please come back again - much has changed since May 16, but all for the better! Cheers for your future travels.

Best,

The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum

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Reviewed 4 May 2014

The museum is not large, but they have made great use of the available space. The collection is wonderful, and our enthusiastic tour guide was very knowledgeable. This was certainly worth visiting, and I would suggest it to anyone who appreciates literature and great authors. You will learn a lot!

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thefitzgeraldmuseum, Director at The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2014

Dear SJ192014,

Thank you for giving us an "Excellent" review and for commenting that the museum is "certainly worth visiting"! We strive hard to maximize the visitors experience, while still keeping their time schedule in mind. To that end, we have created a very specific "timeline" format to the artifacts that - even if the curator is unavailable - will transport guests through the three decades of Scott and Zelda's lives together in less than an hour. Of course, there are people who linger here for multiple hours, but, if you're on a tighter timetable, sometimes a small, well thought-out museum layout isn't so bad!

Best to you,

The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Association

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Reviewed 25 April 2014

This museum was really interesting. We learned a lot about F. Scott and Zelda and the house was beautiful. Zelda's beautiful accessories and cigarette holder and F. Scott's shaky journal logs (along with the many other amazing artifacts) really gave an inside look into their glamourous yet dramatic lives. Our tour guide was awesome and very informative. A must-see for all literary buffs, or anyone with an interest in history's roaring 20's.

Thank Anna J
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thefitzgeraldmuseum, Director at The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2014

Dear Anna J,

We are glowing with the praise of this review! Thank you so much for your visit and then the time and reflection you put into your response. "F. Scott's shaky journal logs" might be one of the best turns of phrases to ever grace our review page - they are nearly illegible sometimes!

You touch on another point that is important: Scott and Zelda cannot be separated from the time period in which they lived. In fact, when John Dos Passos and Ernest Hemingway came to the rescue of Scott's reputation following the dismissive obituaries in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and other papers (which basically called Scott a failed writer), they made certain that people understood that, while Scott was certainly "era-bound" in his stories (an allegation made by one obit), his prose was timeless. In other words, yes, they were the pop-stars of the twenties, inseparable from that roaring time and perhaps even formed from the very stuff it was formed from, but they and their works remain timeless examples of the dangers of worldly prosperity and the fact that there is always a price to be paid.

Best of luck in your artistic, literary and historical interests!

Cheers,

The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Association

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Reviewed 17 April 2014

This is a small collection of the few artifacts the Fitzgeralds accumulated during their brief life as a married couple in Montgomery, where Zelda grew up. The curator is very knowledgeable about the Fitzgeralds, and the 20 minute movie they show about their lives is interesting and informative. The Cloverdale historic district has some beautiful houses in it, and that is wherete Fitzgerald house is, so it is a convenient combination for touring.

Thank Dianne F
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thefitzgeraldmuseum, Director at The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2014

Dear Dianne F,

Thank you for your review of the Fitzgerald Museum. While we are disappointed that your time in our museum did not warrant an Excellent rating, we understand that sometimes people are looking for a little more than we can offer them. If you are seeking further information on Scott and Zelda or more artifacts, the University of South Carolina's Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at the Thomas Cooper Library houses a couple of Zelda's paintings, and a handful of Scott's personal effects (cane, flask, briefcase, ledger). They also have several photo albums, although you would need to make an appointment to see anything other than Zelda's paintings.

Best to you in your travels, and we hope that if you ever return to Montgomery, you will give us a chance to improve your rating to Excellent!

Sincerely,

The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Association

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Reviewed 11 April 2014

Nestled in a cozy corner of old Cloverdale, our favorite literary icons still live. Almost a century later, rain drops fall, gliding down ornate window panes and one can imagine echoes that once filled 919 Felder Avenue. An expansive lawn and garden monument welcomes guest to this best kept secret. Willie, the curator is an excellent host and graciously shares with all his wealth of knowledge surrounding the homes fascinating inhabitants. Keepsakes, personal letters, rare artifacts, books, fine art and more adorn the space and invite all to take a closer look into the lives of F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald. A step through the door transports one through a portal into the past offering glimpses and opportunities to know our favorite figures from the Jazz Age better. This is a museum unlike any other. Intimate and inspired, I have returned often. Upon each visit, I discover more.

Sarah West

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thefitzgeraldmuseum, Director at The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2014

Dear Sarah W,

What an auspicious moment to reply to your review! It is raining as I write these words, and the museum certainly feels like a "best kept secret," even more so when it rains. Your description of our museum's holdings is the most expansive and accurate of all reviews for us on TripAdvisor, and we are grateful for the thoughtfulness that went into your submission.

Thank you very heartily for supporting the museum. We look forward to your next visit from Smiths Station!

Best,

The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Association

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