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The Catalina Island Museum, founded in 1953, is a private non-profit organization that aims to preserve and share to the public the 7,000 years of history of the Catalina Island?s.

Not only is it a celebration of the island?s rich cultural heritage, it serves as a documentation of the lives of the Native Americans who lived on the island, from its Spanish discovery, to early way of life like ranching and mining, and Avalon?s development into an internationally known resort. It features an award-winning exhibit showcasing the romantic era of steamships, Catalina?s role in World War II, Native Americans, an island relief map from the World Fair in Chicago back in 1934, a display case with the fascinating pottery and tile from the island, sportfishing, Chicago Cubs spring training.

Throughout the year, the public is given opportunities for participation through Museum events and programs like docent-led tours, school programs, the annual Silent Film Benefit, lectures, Open House at the Inn on Mt. Ada, live Telethon, and many more.

The Museum houses its own gift store where visitors can choose from a wide range of books, music, and videos related to Catalina as well as nautical items and children?s items. There are also a lot of customized Catalina items that can only be found in the store.
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