The Ava Gardner Museum

The Ava Gardner Museum is home to an incredible collection of movie memorabilia including original scripts, photos, costumes, and personal belongings of screen legend Ava Gardner. Ava Gardner was born near Smithfield and her grave site is located in Sunset Memorial Gardens, approximately three (3) miles from the museum. Merchandise is available for purchase.

323 E. Market Street
Smithfield, NC  27577
Phone: (919) 934-5830
Fax: (919) 934-5830
Web Address:


October:  Annual Ava Gardner Festival

Museum is wheelchair accessible and has public restrooms. Free parking along the street. 

Admission: $8 Adults; $7 Seniors, Military, Groups; $6 Children ages 6-12