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Ava Gardner Museum

325 E Market St, Smithfield, NC 27577-3919
+1 919-934-5830
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Hollywood Bonanza

North Carolina is full of boring small towns which have nothing to offer. Smithfield would normally... read more

Reviewed July 16, 2015
Jake B
Charlottesville, Virginia
Wonderful museum! A must see even for those who are not big Ava Gardner fans!

We finally got to stop here on our way back from vacation on the Outer Banks. I am not an Ava... read more

Reviewed June 7, 2015
Jamie O
Hiram, Georgia
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The Ava Gardner Museum, one of North Carolina’s most remarkable attractions, honors the life, loves, and legacy of one of Hollywood’s most glamorous leading ladies. It’s here that you will see personal interviews and get the real story from those that knew her best.Discover the real Ava Gardner as you take the self-guided tour through more than 5,000 square-feet of exhibit space. You’ll see extraordinary costumes, movie posters and awards that represent Ava’s 50-year career as a leading Hollywood actress. The Museum also houses a collection of personal items of china, jewelry, clothing and fine art, including 40 portraits by Bert Pfeiffer, an artist whose collection was donated to the museum in 2001. The tour also includes a screening of a short biography of Ava that features information about her life in Johnston County and commentary by those who knew her best, including family members, childhood friends, co-stars, and even one of her husbands, Mickey Rooney.Get to know the people who played important roles in Ava’s life. Her circle of close friends included celebrities such as Gregory Peck, Grace Kelly, Ernest Hemingway and Howard Hughes. You’ll also learn about her marriages, which were even bigger news than her films. View artifacts that belonged to her third and final husband, Frank Sinatra, whom she considered the love of her life.
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325 E Market St, Smithfield, NC 27577-3919
+1 919-934-5830
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Reviewed July 16, 2015

North Carolina is full of boring small towns which have nothing to offer. Smithfield would normally fit into that category but with one remarkable exception. The stunning Ava Gardner museum is a must for all movie fans, attaining to the golden age of Hollywood. Reasonably...More

2  Thank Jake B
Reviewed June 7, 2015

We finally got to stop here on our way back from vacation on the Outer Banks. I am not an Ava Gardner fan. Or rather, I was not, until I got to come here! The girl at the desk was very enthusiastic. She took our...More

2  Thank Jamie O
Reviewed May 29, 2015

We had eaten lunch in Lumberton, NC and were driving to Washington, NC. Since we had an hour or so, we decided to break the drive by stoping at the Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield, NC off exit 95 of I95. We did good! So...More

Thank Goldwingtriker
Reviewed April 9, 2015

The Ava Gardner Museum is as sparkling a jewel and as tailored a collection as the wardrobe of the remarkable woman and Hollywood legend it honours. Smithfield, NC off I-95 has created a generous and sophisticated homage to the actress that starts and ends with...More

3  Thank LA_Pomeroy
Reviewed March 28, 2015

This one is a must for Hollywood aficionados! Incredibly tastefully presented, and with a must - see introductory documentary on Ava's life. If you care about fashion, you will marvel at beautiful classic stuff made by Gucci, Dior, Ferragamo and others that genuinely belonged to...More

Thank Marco B
Reviewed March 21, 2015

I was here for a war reinactment but stopped into the museum and enjoyed the little time I spent there. I am a history fanatic.

Thank gjjones1965
Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

I guess I was expecting a small kitschy museum dedicated to Ava Gardner when I pulled off I95. So I was surprised to find a rather substantial building on the Main Street in little Smithfield. I was the only person in the museum on this...More

3  Thank James S
Reviewed February 7, 2015

I was highly impressed with my visit to The Ava Gardner Museum. It is located in downtown Smithfield, NC. There is street parking as well as a large public parking lot in the back. When you enter the museum, you are warmly greeted and then...More

2  Thank NCTraveler2015
Reviewed February 2, 2015

The overall experience of the museum and the townis a great experience. There was nothing we did not like.

Thank Sharron B
Reviewed January 9, 2015

Really enjoyed going in and watching the film as well as touring the exhibits. There was a nice collection of memorabilia and clothing but having been once I don't know that I would necessarily pay to go back again. A neat side trip though and...More

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Open Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm Sunday 2pm - 5pm All you had to do was type in Ava Gardner museum and it gives you the times, just like I did for you. Glad I could do your leg work for you!