Smithfield, NC, September 21, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- On Saturday, September 25, 2010, the Ava Gardner Museum will participate in the sixth annual Museum Day, presented by Toyota on behalf of the redesigned 2011 Avalon. The Ava Gardner Museum will join participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide to open their doors free of charge to all visitors who download the Museum Day Ticket from Smithsonian.com. A journey to celebrate our world’s dynamic heritage and cultural life, participating Museum Day venues emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities.
Museum Day 2010 is poised to be the largest to date, outdoing last year’s record-breaking event. Over 300,000 museum-goers and 1,300 venues in all 50 states participated in Museum Day 2009.
“I have encountered many local residents that, for various reasons, have never visited the Ava Gardner Museum. With the free admission on Museum Day, our community will be given the opportunity to discover not only the history of a remarkable woman, but also realize the true asset Johnston County has in the Ava Gardner Museum,” said Jessica Meadows, Executive Director of the Ava Gardner Museum.
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. The Museum’s collection includes items and artifacts that represent both Ava Gardner’s 50-year career and her private life at home. The collection, which contains over 20,000 items, consists of movie posters, screenplays, photography, film costumes, personal wardrobe, awards, china, jewelry, and fine art, including 40 portraits by Bert Pfeiffer, an artist whose collection was donated to the museum in 2001.
Visit www.smithsonian.com/museumday to download your Museum Day Admission Card. Attendees must present the Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry to participating institutions. Each card provides museum access for two people, and one admission card is permitted per household, per email address. Listings and links to participating museums’ can also be found at www.smithsonian.com/museumday.
This year, Toyota will enhance the Museum Day experience both in Smithsonian magazine and online, with elements like the “Featured Five,” a listing that encourages visitors to learn about and visit the participating museums and venues. Additionally, for each visitor who inquires about the new Toyota Avalon online, Toyota will donate $1 – up to $10,000 total – to museum programming nationwide.
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-Saturday, 9am-5pm and Sunday 2pm-5pm with admission of $6.00 adults, $5.00 seniors and groups and $4.00 children.
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