Our Mission

    Exterior shot of the Ava Gardner Museum located in Downtown Smithfield, NC.The mission of the Ava Gardner Museum is one of curatorial preservation and historical interpretation. Our unique collection spans Ava’s entire life, from her humble beginnings in rural North Carolina to her relaxed final years in London. Our vast repository of Ava’s personal and professional artifacts includes photographs, jewelry, costumes, memorabilia, papers, ephemera, and much more.

    Our expert staff and dedicated board members work closely with the Gardner family to accurately translate the many facets of Ava into state-of-the-art exhibitions and informative digital offerings. As a result of these efforts, we are the definitive resource for illuminating the world to the remarkable life and lasting legacy of Ava Gardner.



    Logo for the Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield, NC.




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