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Catalina Island Museum

#1 Casino Way, Casino Building, PO Box 366, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310-510-2414
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Ranked #9 of 15 attractions in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums
Owner description: Located in Avalon's historic Casino building, the museum has updated its entire facility to include an expanded museum store, a digital theater, a... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I liked it as a place to go that didn't cost much, but that said, the museum wasn't super thrilling. It had a few interesting touches to it, but I'd only go if you are interested in learning a little more about the history of the island.

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Huntington Beach
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Two rooms of pictures on the wall, history of the island (on the wall in pictures). No artifacts, items, clothing...nothing. Dissappointed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Only place on island where you can buy authentic reproduction Catalina tile. Very helpful staff. Short films and old photos of movie stars fascinating

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Burlington Flats, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The museum was located in the bottom of the casino. It had the history of famous ont he island, as well as fire history, and even UFOs. A new exhibit was being put into place the day we went. You can go at your own pace and there is a video component and a gift shop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

This place is small now but they are soon moving to larger quarters. Interesting history is unveiled with some short movies

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Really diverse and interesting history, its worth watching the short movie clips and reading the exhibits, not an overwhelming amount of history but interesting none the less.

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Santa Maria, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Visiting the museum involves the delightful walk from town along the ocean. Some of the same older photos are always included, with new displays each time we visit. I particularly liked the recent exhibit featuring Marilyn Monroe.

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Spearfish, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

This was a stop on the city bus tour and was very interesting. It is on the lower level of the casino, and had a short video and some exhibits. I enjoyed it as I always am interested in Marilyn Monroe's life. Outside the museum is a beautiful setting for taking pictures and we also enjoyed watching a couple pods... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

As others have mentioned, this museum is rather small and there isn't a lot to see. That said, it does provide one with a brief overview of the island and an introduction to some of the events and characters that have contributed to the island. I wouldn't particularly recommend the museum on its own merits, but if you want an... More

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Minnesota
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

This museum was very small and didn't have much in it. There was a fun exhibit about Ben, a friendly sea lion who used to walk around town, and of course, the death of Natalie Wood was a feature. But overall, really not much here. We spent about 40 minutes here, and my husband reads everything. If you have a... More

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