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“Small, Quality Museum”
Review of Ava Gardner Museum

Ava Gardner Museum
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Smithfield
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Owner description: 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.
Davis, California
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“Small, Quality Museum”
Reviewed August 8, 2010

Although small, the Ava Gardner Museum is anything but a dingy, hole-in-the wall. A 17 minute film introduces museum goers to Miss Gardner's life and career. The museum collection consists of original movie posters, costumes, scripts, photographs, paintings, personal memorabilia and letters, interpreted with informative panels. The collection is displayed in an engaging way without being overwhelming, and is well worth a visit.

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“Most Interesting Museum”
Reviewed March 31, 2009

If you're traveling through North Carolina, you should make this convenient stop. The Ava Gardner Museum is a one-of-a-kind museum about an extremely beautiful and talented lady. Her history is very interesting. Even as an international movie actress, she never lost her sense of where she came from or who she was. An incredible life! The museum is suitable for all ages.

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