Ava Gardner Museum

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The Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield, North Carolina is a tribute to the iconic Hollywood actress Ava Gardner, who was born nearby. Established in 1981, the museum showcases an extensive collection of memorabilia, personal belongings, photographs, and film clips from Gardner's life and career. It offers visitors insights into her journey from a small-town girl to a celebrated international movie star, featuring costumes from her films, personal letters, and behind-the-scenes glimpses of her life in Hollywood. The museum also hosts events, screenings, and educational programs, making it a must-visit attraction for fans of classic Hollywood and anyone interested in the cultural heritage of North Carolina. (Submitted by Kelli Seeman-Smith)

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They have a fantastic 18 minute video about her life and pathway to fame!
Great collection of dresses and props from her movies!!
Room full of private collections never befit seen by the public!!