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Address: #1 Casino Way, Casino Building, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310-510-2414
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Description: Located in Avalon's historic Casino building, the museum has updated its...
Located in Avalon's historic Casino building, the museum has updated its entire facility to include an expanded museum store, a digital theater, a number of galleries dedicated to the history of Catalina Island and a special exhibitions gallery which changes 3-4 times each year.
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Always Interesting and Informative

During our visit in early July, 2015, the exhibit's focus was on Hollywood Heyday stars - think John Wayne, Charlie Chaplin, Errol Flynn - who frequented and caroused on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2015
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Long Beach, California

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

With so much commercial expensive activities, this was a welcomed inexpensive break and gives you a chance to indulge in the history.

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Avalon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Loved it. So informative. I cannot say enough about the quality of the exhibitions and installations.

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El Cajon, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The museum offers exhibits about the more recent history of the island...especially all of the movie stars that frequented Avalon. It is fairly interesting, but don't plan on spending more than 15 or 20 minutes as there just isn't that much to see.

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Denver
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Small place had some exhibit going on interesting information about the island history, it was included in our behind the scenes tour as an on our own thing to do after tour was complete.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The museum gives you an interesting glimpse of Catalina's past. It currently offers a quick but detailed exhibition located underneath the grand Casino. A new building is being constructed and is sure to please in the near future. The gift shop is cute and offers different souvenirs than the other tourist shops on the island.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This museum wont take you more than a half hour but it does a good job at highlighting the history of the island - which goes from native indigenous peoples, to being a movie star get-away. Doesn't shy from the islands dark history too - the Natalie Wood death, and movie star scandals. Worth a little stroll.

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Long Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

During our visit in early July, 2015, the exhibit's focus was on Hollywood Heyday stars - think John Wayne, Charlie Chaplin, Errol Flynn - who frequented and caroused on the Island during their leisure time. There is an interesting exhibit on Natalie Wood's death as well as Norma Jean Baker's residency on the Island as a 16 year old military... More 

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Clovis, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We would never have noticed this museum but, it was included in our Casino tour. I have to say it was surprising how much history such a little island has! The video that I recommend you must stay and watch all the way through at the beginning of the tour is comical but, fills you in on all the happenings... More 

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Fresno, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

The museum was part of the casino tour and included in the price. It was very small but interesting. They are building a large new museum and I'm looking forward to seeing much more.

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Clarkston, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a nice place to visit and spend an hour or so. It has a lot of history shown. You can read about the history of the Casino which is the building the museum is in.

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