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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 #12 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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Arlington, Washington
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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Seabrook, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The current museum in the base of the casino offers a great film of Catalina history, and a bit of historical narrative and photos of the Chicago Cubs and a few movie stars, such as Charlie Chaplin. We were glad to have paid only a couple of dollars each, with a discount for going on the Casino tour first. The... More

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APPLE VALLEY
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We walked to the museum from the dock area in town. Nice, scenic walkway with water view. The museum is small but nicely done and the gift shop was cute with some informative employees. We go to museums where ever we stop and we enjoyed this one.

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Culver City, California
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Museum was interesting but small and did not include the Casino tour which was another fee. We could not find the bathrooms.

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Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

What a beautiful excursion. This is a whole day trip and there are many shops and restaurants to visit along with spending time on the beach. An unspoiled island with lots to explore. The museum offers the history of the island which was very informative. If you can find a local boy they can share some stories too. Grab a... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

small museum, somewhat musty but something to do that doesn't cost a fortune. Good if you like history and Museums.

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California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

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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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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