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Ava Gardner Museum

Open Now: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Hidden Jewel

My friend and I made plans to visit the museum as we passed through eastern North Carolina. We did... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ty B
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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Very intetesting

Haven't been recently but just a note that if you pass by Smithfield stop in. Small museum with a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dennis J
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Boston, Massachusetts
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The Ava Gardner Museum, one of North Carolina’s most remarkable attractions, honors the life, loves, and legacy of Ava Gardner, who was born and raised in Johnston County. She became one of Hollywood’s most glamorous leading ladies and visitors to...more
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325 E Market St, Smithfield, NC 27577-3919
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My friend and I made plans to visit the museum as we passed through eastern North Carolina. We did not know what to expect and were pleasantly surprised, spending two hours looking through all the quality displays chronicling Ava's long and successful career. The presentation...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Ava_Gardner_Museum, Museum Director at Ava Gardner Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for visiting the Ava Gardner Museum, we are so glad you enjoyed it! We love hearing from our guests, especially our first time visitors.Thanks for the great review and recommendation.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Haven't been recently but just a note that if you pass by Smithfield stop in. Small museum with a nice history of Ava. When finished plenty of good restaurants for lunch.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tucked away in one of the former stores on Market Street is a museum like no other. Anyone who likes old movies and the famous stars from the past who stared in them, should not miss the opportunity to see the Ava Gardner Museum. The...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Ava_Gardner_Museum, Museum Director at Ava Gardner Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you, we are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Ava Gardner Museum! We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is mind blowing that a small town like Smithfield NC has a museum this good. It's because of the pride they have for their native daughter Ava Gardner. The museum is good - great pictures, stories, movie posters, dresses from movies - but it...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Ava_Gardner_Museum, Museum Director at Ava Gardner Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit, and thank you for posting your review! You are right, it is a remarkable story and we are very proud to present it to Ava's fans, old and new.

Reviewed May 14, 2019 via mobile

Stopped by on way to an Orlando vacation, just to rest from the I-95 drive, what a nice museum! Quiet and nostalgic. I was not too familiar with this NC celebrity but now am a real fan. Got some nice postcards and past calendars with...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Ava_Gardner_Museum, Museum Director at Ava Gardner Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2019

We agree, it's not hard to fall in love with Ava Gardner! Thanks for visiting, we are happy you enjoyed it. You may have heard, we are planning a totally new exhibit unveiling on May 31 - stop by sometime to check it out!

Reviewed March 19, 2019

I had wanted to visit the museum for many years but did not have the opportunity until this past weekend when I was staying in the area. The tour starts with an 18 minute video that takes you from her birth in the area to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Ava_Gardner_Museum, Museum Director at Ava Gardner Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2019

Thank you for visiting us at the Ava Gardner Museum - we are so glad you enjoyed your visit, and appreciate the wonderful review! It's always good to hear from our visitors, especially people who have always wanted to visit and finally got the opportunity....More

Reviewed February 28, 2019 via mobile

While overnighting in Smithfield, NC, we became aware of the Ava Gardner Museum. About a mile in from 95, this museum is a truly enjoyable journey into the life of hometown girl, Ava Gardner and old Hollywood. The exhibit includes a short movie of her...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Ava_Gardner_Museum, Museum Director at Ava Gardner Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2019

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Ava Gardner Museum, and you are so right about Sue! She is a gem and she brings that Southern charm to our visitors. We hope you will come again soon, we will be changing some...More

Reviewed February 13, 2019

I went to the Ava Gardner Museum on a Saturday around 3. Even though it is a small building, it still took me around an hour to read and look at everything. The museum begins by having you watch a 15 minute video on Ava's...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Ava_Gardner_Museum, Museum Director at Ava Gardner Museum, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2019

Thanks, Jessica - we are so glad you enjoyed your visit! We have over 5,000 square feet of exhibit space, many of our guests are surprised when they come in to see how much space we actually have - it certainly does look smaller from...More

Reviewed February 10, 2019

Short film, personal and career history displays which tell Ava's story yet are never boring or overdone.. Interesting personal artifacts and costumes. Surprising, intriguing, and absolutely beautiful original portraits. The portrait which inspired the Barefoot Contessa poster is stunning and captivating way beyond what the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Ava_Gardner_Museum, Museum Director at Ava Gardner Museum, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2019

Thank you for the kind words, Mike! We take pride in showcasing Ava's life and career, with it's many facets, in a classy and interesting way. We're looking forward to our newest exhibit "Ava: My Real Story", coming in May; which will be all about...More

Reviewed January 20, 2019

This museum pays homage to Ava Gardner with a short film of her life and exhibits from her personal collection and Hollywood movies. From interesting points about an artist that painted portraits of her each year - without ever meeting her - to her personal...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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VisitSmithfieldNC, Ava Gardner Museum Board Member at Ava Gardner Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2019

Thanks for the four stars!!! Just to let you know, our upcoming Ava Gardner Festival will be the next new exhibit opening. The weekend will include a movie screening of "The Barefoot Contessa", a heritage tour out to Ava's childhood home and other points of...More

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Curious22116469854
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Response from PLB | Reviewed this property |
We paid the senior rate of $9 You can go online and print a discount coupon which will give you $1 the regular rate.
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Bob J
May 28, 2019|
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If you are looking for a handicap parking spot, I would suggest the side lot beside the museum. Visitors would need to turn at 4th Street and go behind the museum.
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As the visitors bureau for the county, we promote the Ava Gardner Museum and have some coupon offers on our site, to print out a couple of offers. We can't link our site name in the answer here, but search Johnston... More
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