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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 17 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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California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Very interesting general information. I like the first film presentation presented as "news" releases. It is a nice way to tie the bits of news together. It would be nice to learn more about how they built the casino.

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Placentia, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Fun To go through. Very small but gives some history of the island and celebrities that visited, probably wouldn't go back again

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Cedar Park, Texas
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

For just a few dollars, you can spend an hour or so and learn about the interesting history of Avalon and Catalina Island, including Marilyn Monroe and the Chicago Cubs.

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San Bernardino, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a wonderful place to visit. With lots of the islands history, fun facts, great vinatge photos and other memorabilia. There is so much to learn about Catalina and this is the place to get the infromation from.

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Inexpensive $5 self-guided tour of this small museum of the history of Catalina Island provided a treasure of old photos of celebrities enjoying Catalina. Besides the tributes to Marilyn Monroe , Natalie Wood, and other Hollywood stars, there was a new exhibit of silent screen star Charlie Chaplin on view in August. There is also a couple of short videos... More

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Santa Clarita, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The Museum is small but there were lots of informational facts on the history of the island and some of the famous people that lived there. I enjoyed the information about the Wrigley family and about the Cubs baseball spring training camp and also learning about Natalie Wood. The staff at the Museum were very knowledgeable and very friendly.

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Los Angeles, CA
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65 reviews 65 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Small and unimpressive, and might not be worth it on its own, but as an add-on to the Casino Tour ($3 more), it might be worth a stop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

Museum is small but informative. Lots of interesting things to read about and several videos. What I enjoyed most was the gift shop. They have great gifty items and unique pieces. The surfboard art is amazing and reasonably priced. The ladies working there were VERY friendly and knowledgeable.

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Lake Forest, California, United States
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28 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I knew it was going to be a small museum, but I can't see why they would waste half their space on Charlie Chaplin. It was basically a Charlie Chaplin museum. Having a room for Hollywood people is fine, but not two whole rooms with Chaplin photos and his whole life story. I don't know if this was a special... More

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San Diego, California
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7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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