Film/Video - History/Heritage - Kids & Families - Museum - Nature - Visual Arts
217 Metropole Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704
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.
Our Response to COVID-19 :
Catalina Island Museum and the Island are temporarily CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC until further notice due to COVID-19.