Ava Gardner was born just seven miles east of Smithfield -- and remains today one of Hollywood's most beloved stars.
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 to fame from a local country girl to one of Hollywood’s film goddesses. Born near Smithfield, Ava’s husbands included Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw, and Frank Sinatra. She starred in movies with several film icons, such as Clark Gable, Grace Kelly and Gregory Peck. Her grave site is located in nearby Sunset Memorial Park, approximately one mile from the museum. Merchandise is available for purchase at the museum and online.
The museum holds an annual festival the first week of October each year, the Ava Gardner Festival showcases new exhibits, free movie screenings, a street festival along the Neuse River in Smithfield Town Commons with food trucks, music and activities for the whole family.
Wheelchair accessible, public restrooms. Free parking along street and rear parking lot. Admission: $10 adults; $9 seniors, military, groups of 15 or more, teens; $6 children ages 3-12.
Hours: Monday- Saturday 9am- 5pm, Sunday 2pm- 5pm
325 E. Market St.
Smithfield, NC 27577