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“Very Nice Exhibition” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Catalina Island Museum

Catalina Island Museum
#1 Casino Way, Casino Building, PO Box 366, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310-510-2414
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Ranked #9 of 13 Attractions in Avalon
Type: Museums
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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.
San Gabriel, California
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“Very Nice Exhibition”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

If you want to learn about the history of the island, this is a must see. The exhibits are well done and are very informative. The Museum is located in the Casino on the lower level, entrance on the Avalon Harbor side of the building. It is a very easy and short walk from Avalon and is worth a visit. The gift shop is nice, but a note of caution: no returns -- you buy it, you own it. My friend bought a ring and wore it that evening to dinner. When she went to take the ring off, the band split in half and the museum shop would not take a return on it. They did offer to put her in contact with the artist; but other than that, the ring was her's.

Visited September 2012
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el segundo, ca
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“Wrigley at the Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

We just saw the latest museum displays and we think this is the best we have seen at the Museum- and we have been going for almost 10 yrs. We loved learning more about Wrigley and Catalina!

Visited September 2012
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Santa Maria, California
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“Well done - go if you like history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Located in the Casino Building this museum is small with a minimal fee. It has looping video of history of the island as well as of Mr. Wrigley. Really interesting to see how much the Wrigley family turned the island into what it was and is today. Nice gift shop too.

Visited September 2012
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Southern California
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“Tiny, mighty -- and moving to new location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

We got the senior discount, which made this about a dollar a room: $4. The staff told us they have purchased property near Vons in the village, which will give them much-needed space, to be built next year (2013). As it is, they can only rotate things through .5% at a time (yes, the decimal point is intentional). I loved the over-sized photos and vintage newsreel footage. A Behind The Scenes tour of the casino was about $35-40 and included a lot of steps. No ramps. We had to skip that tour because of my husband's back injury. But the museum is inexpensive and low key, and you learn a lot about the history of Catalina.

Visited September 2012
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Long Beach, California
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“What a surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

I've been to Catalina Island around ten times, but I finally went to this little gem of a museum this summer. It's small, but well-done. I didn't realize how much interesting/fun history this island holds!

Visited August 2012
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