Over the last two years, the Ava Gardner Museum has worked tirelessly to create a broad suite of unique virtual offerings for our fans and supporters around the world. These online programs, resources, and games are designed so that you can learn more about the remarkable life of Ava Gardner and explore the Museum’s exhibits and collections from the comfort and convenience of your home. In case you’ve missed any of this great content, check out the virtual round-up below, and let us know what you think!
Exclusive Virtual Programs
For those who cannot visit at this time, the Museum has developed a new virtual exhibit initiative – which brings our physical exhibits directly to Ava fans online. The virtual versions of our exhibits take you beyond the walls of the Museum and give you close-up views of Ava artifacts and ephemera, more in-depth content, and additional photography and video resources. We currently have four virtual exhibits available in our gift shop covering Ava’s 1951 film Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, Ava’s friendship with Howard Hughes, and her film and television costumes.
The Ava Chats series features in-depth conversations between the Museum’s staff, curatorial team, board of directors, and special guests. Topics for this virtual series span Ava’s entire life and career and showcase artifacts from the Museum’s vast repository. We currently have six episodes of Ava Chats available in our online gift shop, with planning underway for additional episodes soon. The topics for these episodes include Ava's film Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951), Ava's three marriages, a behind-the-scenes look at the Museum's two costume exhibits with the curator of the exhibits, the women of the Gardner family and their impact on Ava, the Ava Gardner Select Bourbon Whiskey, and a conversation with the co-trustees of the Ava Gardner Trust about their trip to London to see the play, Ava: The Secret Conversations and visit Queen Victoria Hospital, a beneficiary of the Ava Gardner Trust. Several episodes feature special guests including Ava Thompson, Ava Gardner's great-niece and namesake and co-trustee of the Ava Gardner Trust.
The official Ava Gardner blog managed by the Museum’s staff, curators, and board of directors is a great resource for Ava fans anytime from anywhere. Our blog posts take an expansive look into Ava’s world – her personal relationships and friendships, her five-decade film and television career as well as the history of classic films and social topics from Ava’s lifetime more broadly. The blog also shares Museum artifacts not necessarily on exhibit, gives you up-to-date information about new initiatives or upcoming events, and exclusive articles from special guest writers.
Check out our YouTube Channel for free virtual tour videos of past exhibits at the Museum as well as interviews, media coverage, and behind the scenes looks at our exhibits. We also have more videos available about the Museum, the recent Ava Gardner play (Ava: The Secret Conversations at Riverside Studios in London), and the latest work of the Ava Gardner Trust.
Visit the Ava Gardner Museum website for in-depth content about Ava’s life and career and the history of the Museum.
Just for Fun
Our digital jigsaw puzzle series – featuring stunning portraits of Ava Gardner by Dutch artist Bert Pfeiffer – are a relaxing way to de-stress.
- Crossword Puzzles & Word Searches
A few pages from our official Ava Gardner Museum Coloring and Activity Book are available for free download. Perfect for little Ava fans or even as a great way for adults to entertain their inner child. Share your masterpieces with us on social media with the hashtag #ColoringAva.
- Social Media
Follow along and engage with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for posts all about Ava Gardner's life and career, the Museum’s collections and archives, new exhibits, special events, and much more! Each month, we also give you watch recommendations for when to see Ava’s films on Turner Classic Movies.
- Guest Appearances
The Ava Gardner Museum has recently been involved in outreach via other classic film blogs, podcasts, and digital series. Check out the Ava Gardner-themed episodes of the virtual cooking series Hollywood Kitchen, hosted by Karie Bible, The Calling Old Hollywood Podcast, hosted by Kat Lively, and the Back Roads and Back Waters podcast. We will be participating in more podcasts in the months ahead, so stay tuned to our Social Media channels for upcoming announcements.
Support the Museum
- Would you like to support the Ava Gardner Museum and our mission of sharing Ava’s story with the world? If so, then shop in our online gift shop for Ava Gardner books, DVDs, exclusive products, and unique collectibles. We will have several new products for our Ava 100 centennial celebration. You can also join the Ava Advocates or donate directly to the Museum with a monetary contribution or the gift of an Ava Gardner artifact.