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AVA GARDNER MUSEUM MISSION
- To display the collection in an entertaining and educational manner for the edification of the general public
- To constantly search for and acquire important pieces of Ava Gardner memorabilia - from her career as well as her life in Johnston County, NC
- To preserve and restore the collection for future generations
- To support the other organizations that preserve film history or promote Johnston County heritage.
The Ava Gardner Museum, one of North Carolina's most remarkable attractions, honors the life, loves, and legacy of one of Hollywood's most glamorous leading ladies.
A self-guided tour takes the visitor through more than 5,000 square-feet of exhibit space, which includes extraordinary costumes, movie posters and awards that represent Ava's 50-year career as a leading Hollywood actress. The Museum also houses a collection of personal items of china, jewelry, clothing and fine art, including 40 portraits by Bert Pfeiffer, an artist whose collection was donated to the museum in 2001.
The tour also includes a screening of a short biography of Ava that features information about her life in Johnston County and commentary by those who knew her best, including family members, childhood friends, co-stars, and even one of her husbands, Mickey Rooney.
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