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    Count On Me NC logo.The Ava Gardner Museum is temporarily closed to in-person visitors due to a water break that caused flooding in the museum. While no artifacts were damaged, the museum will require repairs to the flooring and walls of the exhibit space, theatre, gift shop, and front office. We do not yet know when the museum will reopen, but the cleanup is already underway and the repairs are starting soon. 

    In the meantime, you can engage with the Ava Gardner Museum online. We continue to 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 first episode of our new virtual series entitled Ava Chats and a virtual exhibit about Ava's film Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

    During our physical closure, we are also hard at work planning several new exhibits featuring Ava's film and television costumes as well as items from her personal life. You can support the museum and the repair effort 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. We look forward to reopening with new and improved exhibits.


    Read more on our blog


    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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