Ava Gardner Museum

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325 E Market St., Smithfield, NC 27577 325 E Market St., Smithfield Directions
Today 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Open All Hours
+19199345830
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    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Report | 3 days ago
It was a lovely day with the "girls". Lunch and the museam.
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Report | 24 days ago
Very fascinating!
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Report | 2 months ago
This place is a small town gem
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Report | 5 months ago
Wonderful experience, really enjoyed it!
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Report | 6 months ago
It's a very nice museum. The hostess (Sarah Owens) as not so nice at first but soon enough warmed up to us. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants to spend sometime in the area. My kids liked it.
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Report | 9 months ago
Take the time to see it all. It's amazing!
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Report | a year ago
Nice little museum
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Report | a year ago
This place was wonderful! This is a great place to remember and honor Ava.
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Report | 2 years ago
Street parking for the museum is limited. Great for people who like old time movies and actors.
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Report | 2 years ago
a good 2-3 hour visit. small but very informative
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Ava Gardner was studying to be a secretary at the Atlantic Christian College when 12-year-old Thomas Banks met her while playing at the school's campus in 1940. A year later, the young boy learned his friend had signed a movie contract with MGM to become a movie star. From then on, he collected newspaper clippings and memorabilia tracing her film career, from her breakout role in 1946's The Killers to her lauded work in 1953's Mogambo with Clark Gable. Tom and Ava remained friends over the years, and, at her request, he unveiled his collection—more than 50 years in the making—in 1979 in Smithfield, her birthplace and eventual resting place.

Tom amassed more than 20,000 artifacts from Ava's career and private life, which now, among other pieces, fill the 6,400-square-foot Ava Gardner Museum. Among movie posters and awards stand the silk satin cape that Ava wore in publicity shots for The Barefoot Contessa and the black dress she donned in The Great Sinner. Her personal items include china, jewelry, 40 portraits of her by Bert Pfeiffer, and the engraved watch she gave to her third husband, Frank Sinatra. In addition to its permanent collection, the museum celebrates the starlet with its annual Ava Gardner Festival, which includes screenings of her classic films and heritage tours.

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