Catalina Island is an island steeped in a rich history tied to the ocean. There is no better way to learn about this history than at the Catalina Island Museum. You'll be engaged with the island's history through a series of exhibitions and special events that will give you a window into the past and appreciation of the island as we move towards the future.
The new museum building has been designed by Marengo Morton Architechts and incorporates many of the historic aspects of Catalina Island including its famous tile that was once made on the island and still decorates spaces around the island. The Wrigley family that founded the island was originally based out of Chicago. Fittingly, the facade of the museum reflects the inspiration of Chicago's famed Wrigley Field. It is a fitting tribute 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.
One unique exhibit is the Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum that will be in place until December 11, 2017.
More about the exhibit from artist Dale Chihuly:
Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum is the first major exhibition presented by the Catalina Island Museum since opening its new building this past summer. It is also the first time the museum has presented the work of a major living artist. Dale Chihuly has become one of the most recognized artists of his time. He is credited for pushing the boundaries of the glass medium. Previously considered a fragile material, Chihuly has taken glassblowing beyond the creation of singular symmetrical forms creating towering and gravity defying assembled sculptures. Chihuly has mastered the alluring, translucent and transparent qualities of glass in an effort to create works that transform the viewing
experience. Some of his most iconic works and groundbreaking explorations in color, light and form are showcased in Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum. The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to enjoy a major museum exhibition of Chihuly's artwork in Southern California.
Catalina Island Museum is located at 217 Metropole Ave, Avalon. Visit www.catalinamuseum.org or call (310) 510-2414 for additional information. Photos courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum Facebook page.