Ava Gardner Museum, Smithfield

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The Ava Gardner Museum is a museum dedicated to American actress Ava Gardner. Located in downtown Smithfield, North Carolina, the museum holds an extensive collection of artifacts from Ava Gardner's career and private life. The museum usually attracts 7,000 visitors a year.
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  • Although I am not an expert on Ava Gardner as she was before my time, I thought I would be remiss should I not stop here as who would know if I would ever find myself her again in this charming... 
    Although I am not an expert on Ava Gardner as she was before my time, I thought I would be remiss should I not stop here as who would know if I would ever find myself her again in this charming...  more »
  • I was expecting a small kitschy museum, which would have been fine, however, this place was very nice and professionally done. I have seen the sign for the museum several times and often thought... 
    I was expecting a small kitschy museum, which would have been fine, however, this place was very nice and professionally done. I have seen the sign for the museum several times and often thought...  more »
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  • We pass signs for this museum on our way to Myrtle Beach every year and this year we decided to stop to check it out. We are very glad we did! The lady at the front desk was very helpful and full of information about Ava and the 20 minute movie gave more background on this beautiful lady. There are lots of original items and costumes and the library is full of interesting photos and facts. Definitely worth the stop (It's easy to get to off 95) and small enough that you can see everything in 1-2 hours.
  • On our way to Florida we decided to stop by. Very interesting. She was beautiful.

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