Ava Gardner Museum

Ava Gardner Museum, Smithfield: Hours, Address, Ava Gardner Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Ava Gardner Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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 the museum enjoy an introductory film on her life, 16 permanent exhibits from her humble beginnings, her discovery story, a variety of movie posters, movie memorabilia, personal clothing and movie costumes and much more. New exhibits are rotated in the museum on an annual basis to continue to share Ava's incredible story and share with the world "the real Ava", who was down to earth, loving, direct and very approachable for one of Hollywood's most famous stars from the Golden Era. Visit the museum in Historic Downtown Smithfield any time, or make special plans to attend the Ava Gardner Festival held in May each year.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Jack K
Groveland Fl, United States84 contributions
Hidden gem
Dec 2020
Stayed the night in Smithfield and had some extra time. We saw an add and decided to visit. Quite a surprise in this small town. Lots of artifacts and history on Eva. I knew she was an attractive actress, but learned so much more about her life. Plan a couple of hours if you like to read the footnotes.
Written December 16, 2020
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ncgrampy
Durham, NC95 contributions
Good insight in to the life and career of a Hollywood icon
Sep 2020 • Couples
Located in historic Smithfield, the Ava Gardner Museum provides an 18 minute film that shares her early childhood and rise to fame in Hollywood. It is fascinating to see her rise from rural North Carolina to world acclaim and the museum presents a balanced view of the oppressive Hollywood studio contract system.
With her stunning good looks, Ava had many romantic opportunities and eventually moved to Spain to get away from the constant press coverage. The museum is an interesting spot to connect with the glamour days of Hollywood.
Written September 15, 2020
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Thank you for visiting, we are glad you enjoyed the museum. Hope you come back soon!
Written September 16, 2020
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G2655BWgaryk
Clearwater, FL642 contributions
Very nice museum
Jan 2020
The Ava Gardner Museum is very nice museum in Smithfield NC. This attraction is worth your time to visit.
Written March 20, 2020
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Thank you for the review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written March 23, 2020
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Sharon P
Boonton317 contributions
Short, But Sweet
Feb 2020 • Couples
Lovely little museum with lots of interesting info, costumes, posters, and a short film about a glamorous film star who came from nothing and succeeded in Tinseltown - unless you count three failed marriages to the biggest stars of the day. Fascinating.
Written February 7, 2020
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Thank you for the review, we are so glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written September 16, 2020
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Eva C
New Britain, CT175 contributions
Wonderful Museum of Hollywood Legend
Jul 2019
Not a large museum but enough (with movie) to go through Ava Gardner's life, how she became a Hollywood legend, the men in her life, her movies, and her later years. Self-guided. Very interesting and informative. Well worth the stop. Not too far from the museum is her and her family's grave site (short couple miles drive up the road). Everything is easily accessible.
Written January 17, 2020
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Thank you for coming, we are happy you enjoyed your visit. We are changing several exhibits this year, hope you come back to see them!
Written September 16, 2020
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SNevets
3 contributions
Avafield (Smithfield)
Oct 2019 • Friends
Wonderful museum, we spent close to 2 hours in the museum. Lots of history, artifacts and photos about the life of Ava Gardner . The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly.
Written October 28, 2019
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Thank you for coming to the Ava Gardner Museum, we are glad you enjoyed your visit! Hope to see you again, we will be changing our main exhibit in June of 2020 so be sure to come see the new display!
Written October 29, 2019
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DbRH
Middlesex, NC1 contribution
Ava Gardner Museum
Aug 2019
Our of seniors church group had a wonderful visit at the museum in Smithfield. The exhibits in the museum were very interesting and well displayed and the Heritage tour, places in the Smithfield, NC area that were related to Ava’s life, was great! Everyone of the ladies involved with the museum—from the reservations, to the museum tour, to the bus tour were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Fee for everything was only $15/person (senior group rate). Well worth a visit!
Written August 11, 2019
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Thank you so much for coming, and for the lovely review. We enjoyed your visit as well, and hope you can come see us again!
Written September 16, 2020
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Mktpro99
West Palm Beach, FL1,104 contributions
Nice stop
Jul 2019 • Couples
Very interestingly museum with lots of memorabilia.. The movie really shows how Ava became a Hollywood star. Close to I95.
Written July 25, 2019
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Thank you for visiting!
Written July 26, 2019
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NCTraveler2015
Raleigh, NC5,036 contributions
Lots of Memorabilia
Jul 2019 • Friends
The Ava Gardner Museum is a museum all about Ava Gardner born in Grabtown, NC. Admission is now $12 plus sales tax for adults. The visit starts with a video about her life to give you a background of her beginnings in North Carolina and then her film career as well as all the men in her life.

There are some new exhibits since I was there last. Some are in the main museum part and the back room that is the library now has an interactive display and most of the newer exhibits.

This is a great place to stop if you'd like to learn more about Ava Gardner and see some of her costumers as well as movie scripts, posters and household items.

There are restaurants nearby for lunch as well.
Written July 20, 2019
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Thanks for visiting us, and thank you for the review. We try to change things up on a regular basis, so there will be new exhibits and displays for frequent visitors. We are so glad you enjoyed your latest visit and look forward to seeing you again!
Written July 26, 2019
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Escape796525
Smithfield, NC8 contributions
Very good memorabilia of old Hollywood!
Nov 2018 • Friends
The displays are constantly changing which is nice if you go often. The wonderful people who maintain the museum are relatives of Ava and therefore more of a personal vices of her life.
Written July 2, 2019
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Ava Gardner Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Fri 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Sat - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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