Smithfield, North Carolina: Ava Gardner Museum

Exhibits 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.
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Ava Gardner family grave.

Ava Gardner Museum (and Grave)

A wonderful museum. Starts out with an 18-minute introductory video, followed by a self-guided tour through an amazing collection of historical pictures and notes, along with tons of personal artifacts.

Complete your Ava experience by visiting her nearby final resting spot (Sunset Memorial Park - less than a mile away), along with her mother, father, and several siblings.

Also, be sure to ask the museum docent to share the tragic story of how Ava's brother was killed at the tender age of three years old. Very interesting, yet sad story indeed.

[Luv2RV, 09/08/2021]

Ava Gardner Museum.

Ava Gardner Museum

It's a fee of 9 dollars to get in at senior rates. It's a wonderful place to see.

[Kim, 12/20/2018]

Ava Gardner museum.

Ava Gardner Museum

The Ava Gardner Museum is well worth the stop for film buffs. The entire exhibit changes every year.

[Jay Williams, 06/29/2018]
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]
Living fossils promote Ava Gardner Museum

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

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