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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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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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I'm so not into museums but this one was cool because you learned the history of the island. It will only take you about 30 mins total.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Manhattan Beach, California
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Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Enjoyable, and worth the price of admission, this small museum does its best to enthrall its guests with tales of scandal and celebrity. It's a fun diversion.

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Manhattan Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I'm so not into museums but this one was cool because you learned the history of the island. It will only take you about 30 mins total.

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San Clemente, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

this museum is wonderful and full of great history of this charming island. Don't miss it! Can't wait for the new building to open!

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San Pedro, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Exhibits change frequently around the core collection. It's well laid out and there's a great selection of unique to Catalina items in the gift shop

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San Diego, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

The history of Catalina was all there. $4 for Seniors was a plus. Videos and artifacts on display. Lots of information about the islands connection with Hollywood. Well worth your time.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We came across the Catalina museum by accident whilst walking to have a look at the casino as it's around the side of that. It is very interesting and free for kids, just $5 for adults which was well worth it. Heaps of great photos and stories, our kids were given a treasure hunt questionnaire and a prize for completing... More 

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Small but interesting. Took about 10 minutes to walk through. The guides on duty that day were not very helpful

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San Marcos, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We learned so much by visiting this museum prior to our tour of the Casino. During the Island's Celebrity heyday, prior to air travel, most major Hollywood stars vacationed here and the museum does a great job of showing and telling their escapades.

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Redondo Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Located on the lower level of the casino. It's small has interesting displays and tidbits of history.

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Fresno, California
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Check this place out first before taking the Casino tour, then afterwards return to the museum to get a fresh perspective of the Island history.

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