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  • Museum Collections

    The Ava Gardner Museum is home to an extensive collection of Ava Gardner memorabilia. Each object in the museum was either...
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  • Ava's Story

    Ava Lavinia Gardner was born on Christmas Eve, 1922, in Grabtown, a rural community seven miles east of Smithfield, NC.
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    HOLIDAY SPECIALS – Limited Time. Souvenir Wine Glass & Souvenir Martini Glass
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  • Filmography


    A comprehensive list of all the movies that resulted in Ava Gardner’s rise to an international film legend.
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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.

Ava's ClosetCome to downtown Smithfield and 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 new "Ava's Closet" exhibit is now open to the public and features never-before-seen personal clothing worn by Ava.  Special exhibit panels honor the Fontana Sisters, Ava's friends and favorite designers as well as, Christian Dior, designer for The Little Hut.  Along with more than sixteen clothing items, cases include a great variety of Ava's accessories, jewelry, gloves, shoes and pocketbooks.

For unique holiday gifts this year, visit the Ava Gardner online gift shop for many new ideas for that "movie" enthusiast in your family. The 2015 Calendar of Events is here too!  Limited supply available!

Click here to order yours today!

 

 
The board and staff wishes to express our deepest gratitude to this year's Ava Gardner Festival Sponsors and visitors from around the world that attended this year's festival.  Without the support of these sponsors and our fans, the museum would not exist today.

 

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