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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Small but excellent museum

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... read more

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

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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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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78 reviews 78 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Woodbury, Minnesota
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

Catalina is a nice place to visit, however.......there isn't much here..plan on taking a walk and having a meal, then the trip back. Fun little shops, but something is lacking here.

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Burbank, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We couldn't wait to check out the museum to learn more about the island and it's history. Sure on previous tours they alluded to the Wrigley family's influence and the various other Hollywood tales but I couldn't believe how small it was. No wonder they encourage you to get a coupon for buy one, get one - it's not worth... More 

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North Highlands, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Was well presented and looking forward to the new 'Museum'... Enjoyed the displays and history shown of Avalon...

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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148 reviews 148 reviews
31 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

nicely laid out and informative about the island with the main focus on visitors to the island. They are building a new museum and it will be much larger, giving them much more needed space for display.

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Calgary, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The museum is quite small, with mostly pictures of famous celebrities who have visited the Island, and bio on the Wrigley family. That's about it.

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Perth, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Currently housed in Casino, there is much history to the Island. Hopefully when the new museum is open, a more history can be displayed and shared.

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Evans, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

Good history of island from time of Native Americans to Hollywood actors' haven to resort. Missing was information on current islanders.

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