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“Hollywood's Playground”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Catalina Island Museum - MOVED

Catalina Island Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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 Diego, California
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39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Hollywood's Playground”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

When we visited, they had an exhibit showing George Harrison of the Beatles photos. Most of the other exhibits were of old-time Hollywood celebrities who visited or lived there (Marilyn Monroe!). Great videos with Charlie Chaplin and his 3rd wife - Paulette Goddard. They are building a new facility opening fall 2014 - so watch for that change.

A very nice gift shop with Catalina island stuff and lots of Chicago Cubs stuff as (since Wrigley owned Catalina and the team).

Visited June 2014
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Thank Kristi O
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San Diego, California
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108 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Interesting Information”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

It is difficult to take good photos in the museum. They always do a good job with their displays and videos. At times the air conditioner needs to be turned up, but hey, it is really worth the time.

Visited March 2014
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Thank BigMan2xReview
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San Diego, California
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Museum?”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

For $5 you get to walk through a couple of rooms full of recreated photos from the founders and other rich and famous people who have visited the island. Where were all the artifacts indigenous to the island itself? It just seemed to be a self indulgent way of telling everyone of all the money that has come to the island over the years. I was in and out of the museum in less than five minutes. Very disappointed!

Visited June 2014
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Thank ggnickelimages
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34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Silent Film Festival was excellent!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

We totally enjoyed the Silent Film this weekend and the orchestra brought the movie to life!! I think we may make this trip an annual event! Thank you again for the wonderful and memorable afternoon!

Visited May 2014
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1 Thank chollabay
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San Francisco, California
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217 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“great history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

I love this tiny jewel located under the Casino on the side of the theater. There history of Catalina is amazing. If you also take a Casino tour they include entry to the museum for free! Check it out!!

Visited July 2013
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1 Thank dougrh
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