Catalina Island Museum
The Catalina Island Museum was founded in 1953 as an independent nonprofit organization by volunteers concerned that the community’s heritage was slipping away with the passing of its elder residents. Today, we employ a staff of eight, assisted by dozens of volunteers that contribute hundreds of hours each year to collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the rich cultural heritage of Santa Catalina Island.
For more than 50 years, the Catalina Island Museum has collected, preserved and presented the rich cultural heritage of Santa Catalina Island for visitors from all over the world to enjoy. Situated on the ground floor of Avalon’s historic Casino Building, the Catalina Island Museum invites you to discover more than 7,000 years of history through dozens of engaging and visually exciting exhibits.
Ever wondered what it’s like to live on an island? Who discovered Santa Catalina? Who are the rich-and-famous people who have lived here throughout the decades? Our knowledgeable staff and guides will help you understand the unique history of our special island and get the most out of your visit here. Join us for a walking tour through Avalon and learn about our historic structures, our exciting attractions and the beautiful tile you’ll see throughout our charming city. Arrange for your group to get a special lecture or tour tailored to your needs. Attend a lecture, workshop or special event to get a personal perspective of island history.
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Donations will support our exhibitions, collections and educational programs.
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