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Catalina Island Museum

Address: #1 Casino Way, Casino Building, PO Box 366, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310-510-2414
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Ranked #9 of 13 Attractions in Avalon
Type: Museums
Owner description: Located in Avalon's historic Casino building, the museum has updated its entire facility to include...
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Type: Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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

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
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

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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Santa Monica, CA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I was disappointed that the museum is almost entirely about the celebrities that have visited the island. Very little history or memorabilia anymore (the switchboard, the history of island ownership and development, etc). Come on, an entire panel about George Hamilton fishing one day off of the island?

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Vancouver, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
5 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This is a fun little museum, very reasonably priced, and worth seeing for the history of the island and stories about the celebrities who visited there. Lots of old photos.

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Germantown, Tennessee
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Iconic site. Took history tour which was nice, but wanted to have interior tour which was not available at this time.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Well done, interesting and must do. I lost myself in memories of my family. So much history and good things to learn. Fun!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

On a port call at Avalon from a cruise ship, my husband and I opted to simply tender in and walk around. We walked the distance to the Casino (which is NOT a gambling hall but rather an entertainment venue) and discovered the museum in the lower end. As both of us are media professors and film buffs, we were... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Nice to visit to give you a sense of what it was like in the past. It is a small museum with mostly old photographs and old video footage.

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Arlington, Washington
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Growing up in California, it was fun to see history of the island and the celebrities who lived or stayed there. Since we know descendants of the Bannings, we founding it interesting. Seeing pictures of Natalie Wood and Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Baker) was great Entertainment.

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