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About the Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building

The new museum building designed by the architectural firm of Marengo Morton Architects, provides well over 18,000 square feet of exhibition and support space. Visitors to the new building discover all the amenities of a modern museum. The spacious Hagenah Family Lobby offers an impressive welcome to every museum visitor. The museum tour begins with a film about Catalina Island's history in the museum's Brown Family Digital Theater, which is located just off the main lobby. Also adjacent to the lobby is a fully appointed Harris Family Museum Store, which looks out onto the Hinchliffe Family Atrium. A mural composed of Catalina tile and designed by artist Richard Keit is a highlight of the atrium. The William Wrigley Jr. Gallery, the John and Hasmik Mgrdichian Gallery and the Artists' Plaza Gallery are all exhibition galleries dedicated to the island's history and to special exhibitions, many of which will travel to the island from collections throughout the world.

 

One of the most unusual features of the museum is the amount of exterior space that exists both on the building's rooftop and in the gardens immediately adjacent to the museum. A large projection wall directly opposite the Ackerman Family Amphitheater, which seats approx. 100 people and accommodates the exhibition of films in the evening. The Artists' Plaza and Schreiner Family Plaza provide well over 8,000 square feet of outdoor space, appropriate for dance and music concerts, as well as public and private events.

 

The design of the building's exterior represents a blend of the Spanish Mission style with the Art Deco influence of the 1920s that predominates in Santa Catalina's landmark building, the Avalon Casino. One of the most inventive areas of the building is its facade, the highest reaches of which were inspired by the famous marquee of Chicago's Wrigley Field. This may be considered a fitting tribute to the Wrigley family, the city of Chicago and the Chicago Cubs - all of which play an important role in Avalon's history.

Information and frequently asked questions about the new permanent home of the Catalina Island Museum.

Information about the architecture and photographs of the new Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building.

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Special thanks to the benefactors of the new Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building. Throughout the building, the museum has honored its donors, and its donors have acknowledged and memorialized their loved ones. The museum building itself honors Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner. 

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