The Ava Gardner Museum celebrates the lives, loves, and career of the Hollywood starlet who called Smithfield home!
Visitors begin with a short film about Ava's life, then explore 5,000 square feet of memories and memorabilia!
325 E. Market Street
Smithfield, NC 27577
(919) 934-5830
Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This cape is one of the first items that visitors see in the Museum's gallery.  it was designed by the Fontanta Sisters, and Ava wore it in publicity shots for The Barefoot Contessa.
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The Museum has quite a collection of Ava's costumes, including these from some of her work on television, which allows the Museum to change its exhibits so there's always something new for Ava fans to see.
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Here, the Museum displays some of Ava's personal accessories in its collection.  
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This dress from The Great Sinner highlights Ava's slim figure.  Get an in person look at the stunning dress that fit her 18" waist!
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More of Ava's costumes! 
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The Museum's Library features bookshelves filled with Ava's own collection of books, including some of her movie scripts, as well as an exhibit case and the Museum's first multimedia exhibit.
As a Main Street America Affiliateâ„¢, the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation is part of a national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities that share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.
Community ms vertical color logoSmithfield is a North Carolina Main Street community, designated by the N.C. Department of Commerce Main Street & Rural Planning Center. The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation is charged with administering the program at the local level and building public-private partnerships to spur economic development that achieves measurable results such as investment, business growth, and job creation.