Catalina Island Museum

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Located on the ground floor in the historic Casino building along the shores of Avalon Bay, the recently-renovated Catalina Island Museum is a must-see.  Learn about Catalina Island history from educated staff.  Its rotating exhibits are always intriguing.  Some of the past exhibits include Patti Boyd’s photographs of Eric Clapton as well as a collection of photographs of Norma Jean before she became the famous Marilyn Monroe.

Lots of photos, videos and historical pieces grace the museum.  One of the more interesting exhibits is of William Wrigley Jr., the chewing gum magnate, who bought controlling stake in Catalina Island, and built a dance hall and named it Sugarloaf Casino. It served as a ballroom and Avalon’s first high school. In 1928, the Casino was razed to enhance the Casino’s ocean view.  From there on, film tycoons such as Cecil B. DeMille, Louis B. Mayer and Samuel Goldwin frequently came by yacht to the Casino to preview their newest movie productions.

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