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Ava Gardner Museum

325 E Market St, Smithfield, NC 27577-3919
+1 919-934-5830
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A volunteer with a lot of little histories

We visited this museum on May 6th. There is parking in the street. It does not seem to be a big... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jabbeke, Belgium
Do Not Miss this Attraction!

The 18 minute video was really interesting that communicates several events in Ava's life. She was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Charleston, South Carolina
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  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
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“film” (23 reviews)
“costumes” (19 reviews)
“memorabilia” (17 reviews)
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325 E Market St, Smithfield, NC 27577-3919
+1 919-934-5830
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this museum on May 6th. There is parking in the street. It does not seem to be a big museum on first sight, but there are a lot of little histories behind every item. Every year they put other items in display. That...More

2  Thank AmarilisVos
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The 18 minute video was really interesting that communicates several events in Ava's life. She was a farm country girl who became a famous actress. She led a very interesting life and you see it through the public's eyes at her museum. The memorabilia is...More

Thank judygustafson
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband confessed he really wasn’t expecting much out of this small museum. But while it may be small, it packs a big punch. There are all types of memorabilia including paintings, clothing, jewelry, handwritten letters, movie posters and scrap books. There is about a...More

Thank PhoenixRobin
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

I've been a fan for years, so had to stop. I found the real Ava as intriguing as the Hollywood Ava. The 18 minute movie and interpretive panels describe her life, her loves and her heartbreaks. I loved the original movie posters. The portraits by...More

Thank wilson59604
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

If you are a fan of Old Hollywood or Ava Gardner this place is a must. Great exhibits and a very nice short film about Ava's life. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Sue is the best! We had a delightful visit.

Thank April S
Reviewed 2 April 2017

My wife and I have always been the MGM movie lovers. And Ava was an MGM star. The museum is located in the small town where she grew up, the pricing is within reason, and once inside you see a beautiful collection of costumes she...More

Thank AllenVirginiaBeach
Reviewed 20 March 2017

The Ava Gardner Museum is an incredibly well done museum that fans of Ava, Old Hollywood, fashion, and history will enjoy! The museum's exhibits rotate, but all that I have seen have been very interesting! Some of my favorite items on display are Ava's jewelry,...More

Thank Sarah E
Reviewed 10 March 2017

You will enjoy learning about Ava Gardner's early life and her movie star career beginning with a short video. The exhibits are professionally created and include her clothing, pictures, film posters, and so much information! This is truly a gem in a charming southern town.

Thank ccanders
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We've also passed this dozens of times. So glad we finally stopped! Ava Gardner memorabilia like crazy. We loved the little biography film and all the wonderful movie posters/pictures. If you love old Hollywood, this is a must stop!

Thank Beachgrammy53
Reviewed 4 February 2017

On a whim my husband and I decided to stop and visit. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and look forward to returning.

Thank Elizabeth R
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