Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Escape to Catalina: Hollywood`s Biggest Stars on Catalina Island

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Catalina Island was known as Hollywood`s backlot during the 1930s and 40s. It was also a playground for its biggest stars.

Past Exhibitions

Chaplin and Goddard: A Secret Love Affair

April 16, 2014 - October 31, 2014

See the first exhibition dedicated to the story of Paulette Goddard and Charlie Chaplinů and the island they loved.

Avalon: 100 Years of Bizarre, Fascinating and Colorful History

October 11, 2013 - March 31, 2014

Commemorating the centennial of Catalina Island`s only city: Avalon.

The Strange and Mysterious Case of Dr. Glidden

May 11, 2013 - September 29, 2013

The Glidden archive - part of the Catalina Island Museum`s permanent collection - consists of a critical cache of documents and photographs, lending unparalleled insight into Santa Catalina Island`s earliest inhabitants.

First Line of Defense: Catalina Island and World War II

December 7, 2012 - April 28, 2013

View photographs, documents and film footage that reveal one of the most top secret operations of World War II: the transformation of Catalina Island into a military outpost for training, coastal defense and covert operations.

A Democratic Dream: William Wrigley, Jr. and Catalina Island

August 31, 2012 - November 26, 2012

See the first exhibition exploring the life and times of William Wrigley, Jr., the chewing gum magnate who made Catalina Island a "vacation spot for the tired shop girl, the artisan, the clerk, or the Boy Scout."

Gimme Some Lovin`: The Spencer Davis Group

June 30, 2012 - August 22, 2012

In 1964 the "British Invasion" was in full swing and British groups dominated the pop charts on both sides of the Atlantic. With hits like "Gimme Some Lovin`" and "I`m a Man," The Spencer Davis Group was one of the most respected and imitated bands of their time.

Fantasy into Art: The Avalon Casino Murals of John Gabriel Beckman

February 4, 2012 - June 17, 2012

"Fantasy into Art" is the first major exhibition dedicated to the murals of the Avalon Casino, which were executed by the artist John Gabriel Beckman in 1929.

Celebrity Playground: Hollywood`s Favorite Island

November 12, 2011 - January 29, 2012

Relive Catalina Island`s glory days in "Celebrity Playground" - an exhibition that presents the Catalina Island Museum`s extensive archive of material related to the many celebrities who played and worked on Hollywood`s favorite island.

Before She Was Marilyn: Marilyn Monroe on Catalina Island

August 6, 2011 - October 31, 2011

Before She Was Marilyn: Marilyn Monroe on Catalina Island is the first major exhibition documenting the year Marilyn Monroe lived on Catalina Island. Through diary entries, letters and photographs that have never before been assigned to Marilyn Monroe`s life on the island, the exhibition reveals a playful, even girlish Norma Jeane Dougherty.

Yesterday and Today: The Beatles and Eric Clapton as Photographed by Pattie Boyd

May 7, 2011 - July 31, 2011

Exhibiting over 50 photographs that are rarely seen together, "Yesterday and Today: The Beatles and Eric Clapton as Photographed by Pattie Boyd" was organized by Ms. Boyd for a special exhibition at the Catalina Island Museum.

The Boys in Blue: Cubs Spring Training on Catalina Island 1921-1951

February 5, 2011 - April 30, 2011

"The Boys in Blue" presents the Catalina Island Museum`s extensive collection of Cubs` programs, rosters, uniforms, film footage and photographs. Visit this unique exhibition and live the glory days of Cubbies baseball!