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Catalina Island Museum

217 Metropole Avenue, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-2414
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Meh...

Admission should be like $8, there's not much to this place. The Houdini exhibit was a joke... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Candace74
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Santa Cruz, California
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History of Catalina, it's all here, a must-stop

Well as I'm a fan of little Museum, I had to stop. I had to check it out. I did check it out. And... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
CharleySays
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Atascadero, California
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Located in the heart of Avalon, the Catalina Island Museum offers the best in art and history exhibitions, music and dance performances, lectures by guest speakers from all over the world, and the finest in silent, documentary and international film. Closed New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
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  • Very good22%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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217 Metropole Avenue, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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+1 310-510-2414
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Admission should be like $8, there's not much to this place. The Houdini exhibit was a joke. Literally the size of my walk-in closet and a total bore. Also there's no closed captioning for the hearing impaired. I have no hearing issues and still couldn't...More

Thank Candace74
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well as I'm a fan of little Museum, I had to stop. I had to check it out. I did check it out. And it was worth my time. I learned so much about Catalina and the City of Avalon and its history and the...More

Thank CharleySays
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Regular exhibit features interesting facts about the island's history. Special exhibits are changed - we saw the Houdini exhibit and the making of Jaws, the movie.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great museum. We saw the Chihuly glass exhibit last year and this year there was an exhibit about the making of "Jaws" and a Houdini exhibit. Very interesting!

Thank Kathy D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The beautiful museum is compact and varied with their exhibits. The Jaws exhibit explained how movies are made to scare people, a mini version of Universal Studios' ride that might no longer be open. I thought the admission was a little pricey especially since there...More

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CatalinaMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Catalina Island Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your visit and your review. Glad to see that you enjoyed the JAWS exhibition. I just wanted to respond to the admission pricing and mention of the family rate. We do not offer a family rate because we allow all children, 15 &...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible place to learn new things! Jaws exhibit and things about the island and wringley. A good place to take kids and friends. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Lia C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We popped into the museum one afternoon with our group of 4 teens. We enjoyed three different exhibits, each with its own unique perspective. The history of the island exhibit shed light on several stories we'd heard about the island, while the Jaws exhibit provided...More

Thank Shannon M
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Reviewed June 12, 2018

The Jaws exhibit was fun. Houdini a little disappointing. History of Avalon was good. Nice gift shop. I'd go again.

Thank Douglas R
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Reviewed June 11, 2018

It cost us $17 pp to go through this museum. We wanted to learn about Catalina's history and this gave us a good insight of the island. The current exhibitions was 1) Harry Houdini's film he filmed at Catalina and 2) The filming of Jaws.

Thank Rosalyn H
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Reviewed May 31, 2018

In our opinion, the admission price was way too expensive. We spent about an hour in the museum and saw everything. The introductory movie was great but that was about it.

Thank LorrieLarryM
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LibbyA2
July 7, 2017|
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Response from maitaimike2015 | Reviewed this property |
Libby, Yes, they also take all the major credit cards for museum entry, nice gift shop as well . Senior discount price was $15.00. you can take photos (no flash). Allow 2hrs, enjoy. Happy... More
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