Hank Williams Museum
118 Commerce Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
9 am - 6 pm (June 1-Aug 31)
9 am-4:30pm (Sept-May)
10:00am - 4:00pm
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Call for holiday schedule such as MEMORIAL DAY, LABOR DAY
ALWAYS CLOSED EASTER SUNDAY, JULY 4th, THANKSGIVING DAY, CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY (DEC 24, 25)
ALWAYS OPEN NEW YEAR'S DAY UNTIL 1:00 PM
$10.00 - Ages 15 & UP
$3.00 - Ages 3 - 14
We offer group rates upon request AAA and Military Discounts
"They may have been gone for 60-years, but not a day goes by that I'm not influenced in some way by either Hank Williams or Luke the Drifter. The music is timeless, and his voice is still the most haunting voice I have ever heard. I still remember the thrill of walking into the little record shop in my hometown and seeing those bright yellow MGM record labels staring back at me. It usually meant a new release by my favorite writer/singer...and time for me to start saving my pennies so I could soon add it to my collection. Who put the WD-40 on the hands of time? It seems like only yesterday."
- Bill Anderson
Beth Petty became the museum manager in 1999 because of her father's influence and love for this great legend. She spent most of her life listening to country music, especially Hank Williams. In 1976 she realized a dream her father had while observing him sort through old records, books and yellowed newspapers.
The late Cecil Jackson is her dad and it was his dream that finally came true on February 8, 1999 with the opening of the Museum in Montgomery where he served as president of the Hank Williams Memorial Foundation Montgomery until his passing on March 15, 2010. When Mr. Jackson was 8 years old, Hank bought him a coke at a small gas station located across the street from where he lived. This was the beginning of his interest in country music. From then on he listened to Hank on the radio station WSFA in Montgomery. When he was 11, Hank came to the Lightwood Community in Elmore County for a show. He helped change a flat tire for Hank that night and Hank later dedicated a song to the Lightwood flat fixers. In 1952, one week before Hank Williams passed away, Cecil rotated and balanced the tires on Hank's 1952 baby blue Cadillac. From then on, his love for Hank's music grew into a dream of what is now the Hank Williams Museum.
It houses the most complete collection of Hank Williams' Memorabilia. A visit to the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery is a visit into the past, a past that continues today, the life and times of Hank Williams. Below is a brief listing of some things you see while visiting the museum:
Over 35 showcases filled with personal artifacts, Hank's 1952 Baby Blue Cadillac, 17 of Hank Williams' suits made by: Nudie's of Hollywood, Kenilworth, Royal Award, Hart Schaffner & Marx, all from Joseph Frank & Sons in Nashville, Kingsrideg from The HUB In Montgomery, AL., Brown and Tan Jacket Leather from Hank & Audrey's Corral.
2 Life Size Portraits that were in Hank & Audrey's home, Boots, Ties, Overcoats, Hats, Horse Saddle, Piano, 1947 Gibson Guitar, Rickenbacher Lap Steel, Microphone and Stand Hank used during his last performance, Blue Suede Shoes, Brief Case, Suit Case, Gun, Shaving Kit, Slippers, Shoe Shine Box, Camera, Fiddle, 1939 Sidney Lanier High School Year Book, Hank Jr's First Cowboy Boots and Scout Hats, Signed Programs and Books, Sheet Music, Song Books, and More.
The 4 Sterling Records, Albums, 78 RPM Records, 45 RPM Records, 16 Inch Record And Box Sets, Autographed Records, Platinum Records, Awards And Proclamations, 1952 Gibson steel guitar from Don Helms, "Exactly like to one I played on all Hank's recordings", stated Don Helms. ◦ Pictures And Information On Hank's Drifting Cowboys: Hezzy Adair, Freddie Beach, Don Helms, Jerry Rivers, Hillous Butrum, Jimmy Porter, R.D Norred, Lum York, Braxton Schuffert, M.C. Jarrett, Paul Dennis, Red Todd, Clent Holmes, Bernice Turner, Boots Harris, Joe Pennington, Cedric Rainwater (Howard Watts) Sammy Pruett, Allen Dunkin, Jimmy Wilkinson, Big Bill Lister, Daniel Boling, Bob McNett, Felton Pruett, Tony Franchini.
Pictures and Information On: Hank's Funeral, Birth Certificate, Death Certificate, Lonnie Williams, Lille Williams, Lycrecia Williams Hoover, Leila Williams Griffin, Charles Carr, Jason Petty, Red Foley, Ernest Tubb, Anita Carter, Cowboy Copas, Billy Byrd, Jack Cardwell, Louie Buck, Hank Williams Jr., Shelton (Hank III), Hillary, Holly, Sam, Katie and Mary Jane Williams, The Statesmen Quartet, Irene Williams Smith, Bille Jean Williams, Kawliga, Sunset Park, "YOUR CHEATIN' HEART" Movie, "A TIME TO SING" Movie, Grand Ole Opry, Louisiana Hayride, WSFA, TEE-TOT, Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Thigpen's Log Cabin, Elite Cafe, Empire Theater, Health and Happiness Shows, Hadacol, Duckhead, Mother's Best.
If You Don't Know Hank...You Will...
*Born September 17, 1923 in Butler County
*1st song learned from his grandmother,
"On Top of Old Smokey"
*Moved to Montgomery in 1937, age 13
*Won Talent show at Empire Theater-prize $15
*Had his own Radio Show on WSFA in Montgomery 1937-'47
*Married Audrey Dec 15, 1944 in Andalusia, AL
*First record "Calling You" in Dec 1946 on Sterling Label
*First hit on MGM "Move It On Over" 1947
*Joined Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, LA 1948
*Hank Williams Jr. born May 26, 1949 in Shreveport
*Star of the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, 1949-52
*Recorded 225 songs in just over 5 year career
*He wrote 128 of these recordings
*11 of these recordings became No. 1 hits
*Passed away Jan 1, 1953, Heart Failure-age 29 in
Oakhill, WVA enroute to Canton, OH
*Funeral held at Montgomery's City Auditorium Jan 4,1953
and was the largest funeral in the south
*Jett Williams born January 6, 1953
*Pulitzer Prize winner April 2010