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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 #11 of 16 attractions in Avalon
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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San Diego, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

When we visited, they had an exhibit showing George Harrison of the Beatles photos. Most of the other exhibits were of old-time Hollywood celebrities who visited or lived there (Marilyn Monroe!). Great videos with Charlie Chaplin and his 3rd wife - Paulette Goddard. They are building a new facility opening fall 2014 - so watch for that change. A very... More

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San Diego, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

It is difficult to take good photos in the museum. They always do a good job with their displays and videos. At times the air conditioner needs to be turned up, but hey, it is really worth the time.

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San Diego, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

For $5 you get to walk through a couple of rooms full of recreated photos from the founders and other rich and famous people who have visited the island. Where were all the artifacts indigenous to the island itself? It just seemed to be a self indulgent way of telling everyone of all the money that has come to the... More

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7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We totally enjoyed the Silent Film this weekend and the orchestra brought the movie to life!! I think we may make this trip an annual event! Thank you again for the wonderful and memorable afternoon!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

I love this tiny jewel located under the Casino on the side of the theater. There history of Catalina is amazing. If you also take a Casino tour they include entry to the museum for free! Check it out!!

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Spring Valley, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

This is a must see if you appreciate Hollywood history which I do! A lot of photos of actors who often visited the island in its Wrigley ownership days. Invest at least an hour when visiting it.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

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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