Catalina Island Museum

Contact Information

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Address
PO Box 366 Avalon, CA 90704-0366
Hours
Open Daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (PST); Closed New Year's Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving & Christmas Day
Contact
Patty Salazar
Registration and Collections Associate
310-510-4650
psalazar@catalinamuseum.org
Alternate Contact
310-510-2414
Website

33.3428193, -118.3282279

Access and Management

Access

Available to the public?
Yes
Available to outside researchers?
Yes
Reservations required?
Yes
Onsite technology available
No
Repository
Yes
Access procedures

Request to Registration & Collections Associate by phone or mail

Management

Archive / Collection information

The archaeological site material in the museum’s collections dates from approximately 8,000 thousand years ago to the early 1800s. This material includes artifacts from the  indigenous people known as the Tongva who were living on Catalina Island - which they called Pimu - when the Spanish arrived in 1542. Also in the collections are approximately two thousand items dating from the 1880s to the present which pertain to Catalina Island’s maritime history and local industries and to sport fishing, recreation, and tourism. Items include boat models, boat motors, fish mounts, fishing rods and reels, early paddleboards, swimsuits, postcards, and Catalina pottery and tiles. A small number of paintings and prints of historical interest are in the collections as well. The museum’s archives contain more than one hundred audiotaped oral history interviews with local residents, including many with members of the island’s Mexican American population, as well as several maps, various city and school records, a substantial ephemera collection documenting social and political activities on Catalina Island, and a very large number of photographs. Most of these holdings date to between the 1880s and the present.

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