Ava Gardner Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 55% Off)


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Museum with more than 20,000 artifacts from the actress’s career and personal life

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  • $19 for admission for six (up to a $42 value)

Along with more than 20,000 artifacts from the actress’s career and personal life, the museum houses special exhibits focusing on topics such as her fashion and homes. Memorabilia in the temporary shows include an orange silk dress from Howard Hughes and the brass lions that greeted visitors at one of her Spanish homes.

Ava Gardner Museum

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.

Customer Reviews

A small museum packed with interesting facts and artifacts from the actresses life and the people surrounding it.
Christine R. · September 14, 2016
Really interesting and well worth the time. Be sure to start with the quick movie, which gives you a great overview of her life. It helps put the rest of the exhibits in context. Museum is well organized and has a significant collection. Staff was friendly and helpful. Her gravesite is just a few miles away and also worth a stop.
Carol F. · July 17, 2016
Fascinating look into Ava's life. Parking was not a problem when we went. The diner across the street has excellent food.
David A. · April 13, 2016

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