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    Now Open!!


    Count On Me NC logo.The Ava Gardner Museum has been closed recently for renovations, but the staff and board of directors are excited to announce the Museum is now open with regular operating hours. Come see our new look and explore our brand new exhibits featuring costumes from Ava Gardner’s five-decade career in film and television.

    If you are unable to travel to Smithfield, don’t worry because we have lots of ways you can engage with the Ava Gardner Museum online. We share interesting facts about Ava’s remarkable life and items from our vast collection on our social media, blog, and website. We also have new virtual offerings that bring the Museum to you at home including episodes of our virtual conversation series entitled Ava Chats and virtual exhibits which coincide with our physical exhibits.
    If you would like to support the Ava Gardner Museum and our mission of sharing Ava’s story with the world, consider shopping in our online gift shop or donating to the Museum. For the latest updates about our programs, special events, or other Museum news, sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media. Thank you for your continued support!

    Did You Catch Ava on the PBS Show NC Weekend?

    If you missed it, be sure to watch the recent segment below...

    Museum Director Lynell Seabold and Host Deborah Holt Noel discuss Ava's life, career, loves, and the recent museum remodel. For the full episode - CLICK HERE.


    North Carolina Distillery Partners with Ava GardnerTM Trust and Legacy Talent and Entertainment to Produce Ava Gardner Select Bourbon Whiskey

    North Carolina female screen legend now has her own brand of whiskey!

    Black and White Photo of Ava Gardner in Fur with MicCharlotte, NC   September 4, 2020:  Seven Jars Distillery, a Charlotte-based business, has partnered with the Ava GardnerTM Trust and Legacy Talent and Entertainment to produce a unique Ava Gardner Select Bourbon Whiskey, which will be available for a limited release beginning on October 16, 2020.  Born on December 24, 1922 in Grabtown, North Carolina, Ava Gardner rose to international fame as an actress during a career that spanned over four decades.  Her role as Kitty Collins in the 1946 classic The Killers cemented her as the iconic symbol of the Film Noir era and her legacy as perhaps the most alluring starlet of Hollywood’s Golden Age endures to this day. 

    For the full press release - CLICK HERE.


    Ava Gardner - "In the News"

    Monday, October 26, 2020 4:00 PM

    Ava Gardner continues to appear in newspaper and feature magazine articles, as well as, in books published around the world. The following links and PDF documents are gathered here for our fans'…


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