In celebration of National Museum
Day the Catalina Island Museum will open its doors free of charge this
Saturday, September 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Island residents and visitors
will have the opportunity to explore the museum’s special exhibition
The Strange and Mysterious Case of Dr.
Glidden in its final weekend.
Since its opening in May, this
exhibition has drawn national and international attention. Articles have
appeared in the
Los Angeles Times,
Associated Press and the
Daily Mail in the United Kingdom, just
to name a few. A feature story also aired on CBS News Los Angeles in June.
Historically significant to both
the island and Native Americans, this exhibition explores the controversial
life of amateur archaeologist, Ralph Glidden, who, in the 1920s, excavated
scores of Native American burial sites on Catalina Island.
The Catalina Island Museum’s
celebration coincides with Smithsonian Magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live!
event featuring free admission to over 1,500 museums and cultural institutions
in all 50 states and Puerto Rico in honor of National Museum Day.
“By offering free admission in
celebration of museums nationwide, we have a great opportunity to broaden our
audience and grow our membership base,” said Devin Thompson the museum’s
Director of Membership and Development. “We encourage all visitors and
residents to visit the Catalina Island Museum on Saturday to show support for
the island’s only institution dedicated to the arts, culture and rich history
of Santa Catalina Island.”
The Catalina Island Museum, its
digital theater and store are 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