Visit the Catalina Island Museum at its Casino Location Before Its Too Late

Visit the Catalina Island Museum at it’s Casino Location Before it’s Too Late

May 2, 2016, AVALON, CATALINA ISLAND – The Catalina Island Museum has called the ground level of the historic Casino building home for nearly 63 years. Thanks to Philip K. Wrigley and the Santa Catalina Island Company, the museum has enjoyed decades of growth and success in that location. What started with community members who were concerned about the island’s unique history being lost and a group of dedicated volunteers has evolved into a professional museum dedicated to the exhibition of art and the rich history of Santa Catalina Island.

The museum’s location in the Casino is filled with island memories. Whether you grew up in Avalon and remember visiting with your elementary school class, or your family vacationed here every summer and the museum was where you learned about sport fishing, the Chicago Cubs and the steamships. The Catalina Island Museum was – and still is – your connection to the “good old days.” The ground level of the Casino building will always hold a special place in all of our hearts.

But it is the end of an era. Give in to nostalgia and make plans to visit the museum in the Casino one more time. At 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 21st, the museum will close the doors of that location to make the move to its new permanent home in the heart of Avalon at 217 Metropole Avenue.

The Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building will open on Saturday, June 18th. The full Grand Opening Celebration runs through July 4th. Members of the museum will be welcomed a day earlier for the Members Preview on Friday, June 17th.

For a full list of exhibitions, events and details related to the Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building and to become a member, visit the museum’s new website:

The Catalina Island Museum is Avalon’s sole institution devoted to art, culture and history.  The museum, its digital theater and store are currently located on the ground floor of Avalon’s historic Casino and are open 7 days a week, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, the museum may be reached by phone at 310-510-2414 or at its website:

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