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

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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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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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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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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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

It is difficult to take good photos in the museum. They always do a good job with their displays and videos. At times the air conditioner needs to be turned up, but hey, it is really worth the time.

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San Diego, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

For $5 you get to walk through a couple of rooms full of recreated photos from the founders and other rich and famous people who have visited the island. Where were all the artifacts indigenous to the island itself? It just seemed to be a self indulgent way of telling everyone of all the money that has come to the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We totally enjoyed the Silent Film this weekend and the orchestra brought the movie to life!! I think we may make this trip an annual event! Thank you again for the wonderful and memorable afternoon!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

I love this tiny jewel located under the Casino on the side of the theater. There history of Catalina is amazing. If you also take a Casino tour they include entry to the museum for free! Check it out!!

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Spring Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

This is a must see if you appreciate Hollywood history which I do! A lot of photos of actors who often visited the island in its Wrigley ownership days. Invest at least an hour when visiting it.

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