Hemingway exhibit opens at game-fishing museum

DANIA BEACH -- The Hemingway Centennial Exhibition -- "Papa, a Tribute to Ernest Hemingway" -- opened at the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum here.

The exhibit is to run until sometime in January, according to Cheryl Parker McDonald, the center's director of marketing. Some 5,000 square feet were set aside at the museum to encompass the collection of items from Hemingway's former Cuban residence, Finca Vigia, which overlooks Havana.

The collection, on loan from the Cuban government, which took over the home in 1960, consists of paintings, sculptures, first editions and artifacts -- many related to sportfishing.

Ernest Hemingway, right, and friend Michael Lerner, founders of the International Game Fish Association, show off a sailfish they caught during a 1937 visit to Bimini. Hemingway was an avid sport fisherman and was a founder of the International Game Fish Association and its first vice president.

In addition to the items from Cuba, the exhibit includes copies of original Hemingway manuscripts, personal photos and correspondence, all on loan from the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.

The $32 million IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum opened Dec. 19, 1998. The museum is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way. Admission to the Hall of Fame and Museum costs $9 for adults, $5 for children and $7 for seniors. There are graduated group rates for 15 and more.

Dania Beach is south of Fort Lauderdale, a few minutes' drive from the airport.

IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum
Phone: (954) 924-4310

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