Smithfield, North Carolina: Ava Gardner MuseumExhibits on local girl turned screen legend include costumes, photos, Frank Sinatra's watch. She broke his heart, you know.
- 325 E. Market St., Smithfield, NC
- I-95 exit 95. Drive west on Market St./Hwy 70 into town. The museum is located at 325 E. Market. St., right in the middle of downtown.
Visitor Tips and News About Ava Gardner Museum
As a film lover, I thought this place was great! Watch the short film about Ava Gardner's life; I cried!!![Leah Caruana, 05/13/2013]
Though Hollywood film star Ava Gardner has been dead since 1990, public interest continues, as evidenced by a press release from the Ava Gardner Museum. The release notes 83-year old Gregory Peck recently appeared in a 30-second TV spot promoting the museum that honors his life-long friend.... [03/11/2001] Complete News Story
This is one of my mother's favorite destinations when my folks travel east to the BBQ Belt portion of North Carolina. I've never been there myself but supposedly it was started in Ava Gardner's hometown by a childhood friend who harbored a secret crush on the Hollywood superstar. He kept every memento and press clipping of her career while she was alive, and started the museum after she died. The museum includes over 100,000 Ava Gardner-related items. Includes a gift store for all your one-stop Ava Gardner shopping needs![Jeff Eason, 01/21/2001]