The Ava Gardner Museum honors the life, loves, and legacy of one of Hollywood’s most glamorous leading ladies.
Located in Smithfield, near Ava’s birthplace, the Museum is one of North Carolina’s most unique attractions.
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, awards, and memorabilia that represent Ava’s 45-year career as a leading Hollywood actress. The Museum also houses a selection of personal items of china, jewelry, clothing, and fine art, including 33 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 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 sometimes even bigger news than her films. View artifacts that belonged to her third and final husband, Frank Sinatra, whom she considered the great love of her life.
For more information, visit the museum’s main website, www.avagardner.org.
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