Ava Gardner Museum, Smithfield

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This is the Official Page of the Ava Gardner Estate and the Ava Gardner Museum.

The Ava Gardner Museum is home to an incredible collection including original scripts, photos, costumes, and personal effects of screen legend Ava Gardner—a true Hollywood “Cinderella” story.

Experience her rise from a local country girl to one of Hollywood’s film goddesses. Born near Smithfield, Ava’s friends and co-stars included Mickey Rooney, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, and Gregory Peck. Her grave site is located in nearby Sunset Memorial Gardens, approximately two miles from the museum. Merchandise is available for purchase.

Wheelchair accessible, public restrooms. Free parking along street and rear lots.

Admission per person:

$10 adults; $9 seniors, military, teens; $6 children ages 3-12. Special group rate of $9/person for 10 or more. Group Heritage Tours can also be arranged for an additional $2 per person by calling our museum.

Please also consider becoming an Ava Advocate for $36/year (individual) or $60 (family- up to 5 people). Includes a yearly calendar, unlimited admission (excluding special events), and a 15% discount in the gift shop!

Hours: Monday- Saturday 9am- 5pm, Sunday 2pm- 5pm. During instances of inclement weather we may operate on delay or close for safety reasons. Please keep updated by checking our Facebook or calling the museum.

Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
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  • I had wanted to visit the museum for many years but did not have the opportunity until this past weekend when I was staying in the area. The tour starts with an 18 minute video that takes you from her...  more »
  • While overnighting in Smithfield, NC, we became aware of the Ava Gardner Museum. About a mile in from 95, this museum is a truly enjoyable journey into the life of hometown girl, Ava Gardner and old H...  more »
  • Great Museum...thank you so much... being from another country Colombia encourage others to visit this town and make a trip to a wonderful Museum... it is the best way to say thank you to such a star and all the Legacy that left behind
  • Very knowledgeable the clothing the paintings the video clip to give you insight about her and her life it was truly an amazing experience I highly recommend it to anyone on the east coast and therefore especially California

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