The Ava Gardner Museum will hold a Grand Re-opening on Saturday, May 22, 2021. After months of expansive remodeling due to water damage, the Ava Gardner Museum in Downtown Smithfield will be open to the public from Saturday onward, returning to the museum’s regular hours.
The Ava Gardner Museum flooded in January of this year, which affected almost half of the museum and necessitated a significant repair and clean-up process. The flood and water damage followed what was an already trying year in which the museum had to close for many months due to COVID-19.
At the time of the flood and subsequent remodel, the museum was in the middle of preparing a new exhibit featuring several costumes from Ava Gardner’s film and television roles. The re-opened museum will include the debut of the costume exhibit as well as many rarely seen items now on display.
The Ava Gardner Museum is located downtown at 325 E Market Street, Smithfield, North Carolina. Regular museum hours are:
Mondays-Fridays @ 9:30am-4:30pm
Saturdays @ 9am-5pm
Sundays @ 2-5pm
More information may be found at www.AvaGardner.org.
Source: Ashby Brame, Johnston County