Ava Gardner Festival

The museum hosts an annual festival in honor of the extraordinary life of legendary actress, fashion icon, and humanitarian Ava Gardner. This year’s festival, scheduled for October 16-18, will include a multitude of exciting events. Join the museum staff and board as we unveil new exhibits, conduct heritage tours, host special film and video presentations, and much more. 


Friday, October 18 

9am – 5pm    Museum Opens with Unveiling of New Exhibits

            Ava’s Costumes

            Ava’s Personal Closet

            Pandora and the Flying Dutchman Artifacts

            Special Video Presentations

            Introductory Biography Film

            Rare Television and Newsreel Clips

            Film Trailers

6:30pm       Opening Night Reception

9pm         Screening of Pandora and the Flying Dutchman at The Howell Theatre 

Saturday, October 19

9am – 5pm    Museum Opens with New Exhibits and Special Video Presentations

10am      Heritage Tour

1pm        Heritage Tour

3pm        Heritage Tour

Sunday, October 20

11am-5pm    Museum Opens with New Exhibits and Special Video Presentation.

Click here to purchase tickets to the weekend’s different events.

Revisit this page as we continue to make more festival announcements.



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