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Address: #1 Casino Way, Casino Building, PO Box 366, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310-510-2414
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Catalina is a nice place to visit, however.......there isn't much here..plan on taking a walk and having a meal, then the trip back. Fun little shops, but something is lacking... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Woodbury, Minnesota
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Woodbury, Minnesota
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

Catalina is a nice place to visit, however.......there isn't much here..plan on taking a walk and having a meal, then the trip back. Fun little shops, but something is lacking here.

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Burbank, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We couldn't wait to check out the museum to learn more about the island and it's history. Sure on previous tours they alluded to the Wrigley family's influence and the various other Hollywood tales but I couldn't believe how small it was. No wonder they encourage you to get a coupon for buy one, get one - it's not worth... More 

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North Highlands, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Was well presented and looking forward to the new 'Museum'... Enjoyed the displays and history shown of Avalon...

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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137 reviews 137 reviews
27 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

nicely laid out and informative about the island with the main focus on visitors to the island. They are building a new museum and it will be much larger, giving them much more needed space for display.

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Calgary, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The museum is quite small, with mostly pictures of famous celebrities who have visited the Island, and bio on the Wrigley family. That's about it.

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Perth, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Currently housed in Casino, there is much history to the Island. Hopefully when the new museum is open, a more history can be displayed and shared.

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Evans, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

Good history of island from time of Native Americans to Hollywood actors' haven to resort. Missing was information on current islanders.

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Pine Valley, CA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Currently in the historic Casino building - but will soon be moving into its new multi purpose building over in town. Full of island history you won't find anywhere else.

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Sancerre, France
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117 reviews 117 reviews
34 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

This should be on every visitor's list. The museum is a very professional museum full of local history, from the original Native American inhabitants to the hollywood stars who frequented the island during Hollywood's golden era. Many interesting anecdotes, photos, etc. This is a small museum easily visited in about 1 hour.

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Rancho Belago,Ca
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Limited artifacts, history displays interesting but mostly about Hollywood stars. Hope when new museum area opens, will have more about the townspeople.

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