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    The Grand Re-Opening Date Set for May 22nd.


    Count On Me NC logo.The Ava Gardner Museum has been closed for renovations, but the board and staff are excited to announce the museum is reopening with regular hours, Saturday, May 22nd. Visitors will discover a "new" museum with today's popular color schemes, new carpet and new exhibits in the theatre and a return of Ava's costumes, both for films and television roles. We are excited to welcome you back! We have missed you!

    Our fans can continue to engage with the Ava Gardner Museum online. We share information about Ava’s remarkable life and our vast collection on our social media and blog. We have new virtual offerings that bring the museum to you at home including the episodes of our new virtual series entitled Ava Chats and a virtual exhibit about Ava's film Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

    You can support the museum with our repair expenses by donating to the museum, shopping in our online gift shop, and following the museum on social media. Thank you for your support and patience and we hope to see you soon..as soon as you are able to travel to Smithfield.

    Read more on our blog

    In our continued effort to share the remarkable life and lasting legacy of Ava Gardner with fans the world over, the Museum recently launched a new virtual initiative. Our new virtual program, called…

    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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