1. Ava Gardner Museum
The Ava Gardner Museum is located in Smithfield, North Carolina and honors the glamorous leading lady. Featuring costumes, movie posters, and personal items the museum has a self guided tour.
2. Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, Connecticut hosts musical acts and events however upstairs they have a free museum dedicated to Kate.
3. Wizard of Oz/ Judy Garland
There are a few places to venture to find the yellow brick road of Oz. There is the Oz Museum (pictured above) in Wamego, Kansas. There is Dorothy’s House & Coronado Museum in Liberal, Kansas. In Grand Rapids, Minnesota there is also a museum dedicated to Judy Garland.
4. Lucille Ball
The Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy is located in Jamestown, New York and offers costumes, props, awards, recreated sets, Lucy’s car and more. They also have a yearly comedy festival.
5. Gone with the Wind/Margaret Mitchell
Check out Georgia for all your Gone with the Wind travel plans. Marietta hosts the Gone with the Wind Museum with the original Bengaline honeymoon gown, personal scripts, promotional materials from the film and more. Atlanta has the Margaret Mitchell House with guided tours and history on her writing. In Jonesboro, there is the Road to Tara Museum (pictured above) the connects history as well as the film. For a full immersive tour, check out this great article by Deep South Magazine.
6. Ghibli Museum
The Ghibli Museum is located in Mitaka, Japan, fans of the Studio Ghibli movies can lose themselves in the imagination of Hayao Miyazaki and his incredible female characters from Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro and more. Want more pictures?
7. Harry Potter
Written by JK Rowling, there are many great places to travel to immerse yourself in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Christ Church College in Oxford, United Kingdom offers tours of what was the Hogwarts dining hall and the grand staircase. If you’re in the area also check out King’s Cross Station with a great photo opportunity and gift shop. If you are in the United States, Universal Studios (pictured above) has you covered with rides, shops, attractions and restaurants.
With books written by Stephenie Meyer, a screenplay written by Melissa Rosenberg and the first film directed by Catherine Hardwicke we had to include it on our list. Though the book took place in Forks, Washington, the film utilized the Oregon locations of: Portland, Cannon Beach, Kalama, Multnomah Falls, Oregon City, Corbett, Vernonia, and St. Helens. Full list of filming locations. Also check out this great travel story.
9. Mamma Mia!
Written by Catherine Johnson and directed by Phyllida Lloyd, the city of Skopelos, Greece was the gorgeous setting for this musical. Here is some information not only on filming locations but where you learn about this great island.