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Catalina Island Museum

Address: #1 Casino Way, Casino Building, PO Box 366, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310-510-2414
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Ranked #9 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...
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Type: Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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119 reviews 119 reviews
23 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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33 reviews 33 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
5 helpful votes 5 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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Pine Valley, CA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Currently in the historic Casino building - but will soon be moving into its new multi purpose building over in town. Full of island history you won't find anywhere else.

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Sancerre, France
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117 reviews 117 reviews
34 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

This should be on every visitor's list. The museum is a very professional museum full of local history, from the original Native American inhabitants to the hollywood stars who frequented the island during Hollywood's golden era. Many interesting anecdotes, photos, etc. This is a small museum easily visited in about 1 hour.

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Rancho Belago,Ca
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Limited artifacts, history displays interesting but mostly about Hollywood stars. Hope when new museum area opens, will have more about the townspeople.

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Santa Monica, CA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I was disappointed that the museum is almost entirely about the celebrities that have visited the island. Very little history or memorabilia anymore (the switchboard, the history of island ownership and development, etc). Come on, an entire panel about George Hamilton fishing one day off of the island?

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Vancouver, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
5 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This is a fun little museum, very reasonably priced, and worth seeing for the history of the island and stories about the celebrities who visited there. Lots of old photos.

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Germantown, Tennessee
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Iconic site. Took history tour which was nice, but wanted to have interior tour which was not available at this time.

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