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Address: #1 Casino Way, Casino Building, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310-510-2414
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Located in Avalon's historic Casino building, the museum has updated its...

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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After touring the Casino

Stop by this after you take in the tour of the Casino. This museum has some interesting historical information and a gift shop that was of interest to someone like me who does... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
47MER47
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Brooklyn, New York
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was indeed a "cheap thrill" because we paid the senior citizens price of admission which was very cheap. We watched the newsreels which were fascinating when you think of the luxury those rich and famous "old timers" enjoyed. It was interesting to learn about Marilyn Monroe's life before she attained stardom. It was sad to watch the devastation caused... More 

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Alpine, California
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193 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 349 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Be sure to take a few minutes and stop in to see the gift shop (free) and a few old time pictures and some local artist jewelry for sale. Marilyn Monroe was a past frequent visitor who made movies here. Pay a few bucks to go inside the actual museum to see even more historical facts. Easy place to walk... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a great way to spend an hour learning about the island history. There are some interesting facts, videos and great pictures

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Mazeppa, Minnesota, United States
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13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to the museum because we received a reduced entrance fee from having done the casino tour. It's just around the corner. It was interesting to see the number of movies that have been made on the island and the stars that frequented the island in the day. Also some history of how the island came to be owned... More 

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Utah
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108 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Stop by this after you take in the tour of the Casino. This museum has some interesting historical information and a gift shop that was of interest to someone like me who does not like gift shops very much. There is some local art for purchase that you might be interested in to remember your visit.

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Thank 47MER47
Crawford, Colorado
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

I have always been a history and classic movie buff, and visited the island via seaplane as a child in 1962. November 2015 was my return visit. We landed at airport, did some scuba diving, and drove about over four days. I guess i expected more from the "museum" than a collection of old photos. The Indian grave robber story... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

My boyfriend and I visited the museum and it's located at the lower level of the Casino. There were lots of interesting photos and stories and interactive features and a cool gift shop.

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1 Thank tracystravels
Bermuda Dunes, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015 via mobile

The museum is well-put-together, but I don't get the point of the Bettie Page exhibit. I want to shield the eyes of my family from this exhibit. She is beautiful, but I don't want my family anywhere near her photos that were taken in Miami- what does that even have to do with Catalina? This is not a family-friendly exhibit.

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1 Thank G-travelors
Fountain Hills, Arizona
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Didn't expect this little museum to be so entertaining. There's a movie first to give you an overall view of the Island and the Wrigleys who owned it for a while. Then the section of celebrities who visited the Island was fascinating. Charlie Chaplin, John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Marilyn Monroe, etc. Great fun reading all about them and their adventures... More 

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Chula Vista, California
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

The Catalina Museum is a small part of the Catalina Casino. The white Casino building is the largest man-made structure on Catalina Island, and it stands-out from everything else in Avalon. The Museum is small in size, but it's several rooms are packed with the history of Catalina. There is a small charge to all visitors, but it is well... More 

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