- Meeting Facilities
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The Ava Gardner Museum is home to an incredible collection of memorabilia including original scripts, photos, costumes, and personal effects of screen legend Ava Gardner—a true Hollywood “Cinderella” story.
Experience her rise to fame from a country girl to one of Hollywood’s film goddesses. Born near Smithfield, in the rural crossroads known as Grabtown, Ava’s friends and co-stars included Mickey Rooney, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, and Gregory Peck. Her grave site is located in nearby Sunset Memorial Gardens, approximately two miles from the museum. Merchandise is available for purchase in the museum's gift shop or online. For planning a day trip to Smithfield, to include shopping, a winery and lunch, check out this suggested itinerary.
Wheelchair accessible, public restrooms. Free parking along street and rear lots.
See the recent NC Weekend story "From the Ava Gardner Museum"!
Admission per person: $12 adults; $10 seniors, military, teens; $8 children ages 6-12; Under 6 - Free. Special group rate of $10/person for 10 or more.
If you have a group of 10 or more and your own transportation, the museum will provide a step-on guide service for $15.00 per person (which includes admission to the museum), and take you along the Ava Gardner Heritage Tour.
Please also consider becoming an Ava Advocate for $36/year (individual) or $60 (family- up to 5 people). Includes a yearly calendar, unlimited admission (excluding special events), and a 15% discount in the gift shop!
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 12N-5pm
During instances of inclement weather the museum may operate on delay or close for safety reasons. Please keep updated by checking our Facebook page or calling the museum.
Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
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- Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 12N-5pm
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- Pet Friendly: Not Pet Friendly
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- Senior/AARP Discount
- Military Discount
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- Reservations Required for Groups:
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- Temporarily Closed:
- Largest Room 600
- Total Sq. Ft. 2500
- Reception Capacity 35
- Theatre Capacity 50
- Banquet Capacity 35
- Number of Rooms 1
- Classroom Capacity 35
$1.00 Off Adult AdmissionValid: AlwaysAva Gardner Museum
10% Off in the Gift ShopValid: AlwaysAva Gardner Museum
Ava: My Real Story ExhibitRecurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Ava Gardner FestivalDates vary between October 6, 2023 - October 8, 2023