02/13/11 — Ava Gardner Museum ranked among Top 10

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Ava Gardner Museum ranked among Top 10

By Dennis Hill
Published in News on February 13, 2011 1:50 AM

Visitors of the Ava Gardner Museum have long known that the Museum is one of North Carolina's most remarkable attractions and the one-of-kind venue is a outstanding tribute to one of Hollywood's most glamorous leading ladies. This claim was validated recently when the Ava Gardner Museum made the "Top 10 Fun and Unusual Museums" list from Livability.com.

Appearing alongside other unique Museums, the Ava Gardner Museum was No. 2 in front of the likes of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, the Great American Dollhouse Museum in Danville, Ky., the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum in Stillwater, Okla., and the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Louisville, Ky. Another North Carolina Museum also made the list: The Museum of Mountain Bike Art and Technology in Statesville.

The purpose of this list is to draw attention to smaller niche museums. Livability.com states, "These fun museums pay homage to a single subject, honor a special interest and celebrate the strange. They may draw smaller crowds, but their founders and visitors definitely don't lack for enthusiasm."

A moving and relocation website, Livability.com showcases the best places to live, work, play, explore, and belong. Livability.com has identified the top 200 most livable cities in North America and shares their stories with engaging, informative articles from some of the most talented writers and editors in the country. Included on this list is Smithfield, N.C..

The Ava Gardner Museum is located in downtown Smithfield, at 325 E. Market Street and more information may be found on the museum website, www.avagardner.org or by calling 919-934-5830. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. with admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors and groups and $4 children.