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March 30, 2017 - 7:51am

Articles by Gail Fornasiere For the Islander

The Catalina Island Museum is preparing for its first museum-wide exhibition since it opened the Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building this past June. The exhibition will present works by internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly, a major milestone for the museum. Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum will open on March 26 and run through Dec. 11, 2017.  

To safely accommodate the installation of the exhibition, the Catalina Island Museum will temporarily modify its operating hours between March 15th and March 19th.

The Catalina Island Museum invites kids of all ages to a marionette show and movies during First Fridays at the Museum on Feb. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Each month the Catalina Island Museum provides a unique themed experience and an opportunity to explore its galleries, digital theater and Museum Store after hours.

The Catalina Island Museum has reached a major milestone this week by announcing it will present an exhibition of works by internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly. The exhibition, Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum, will open on March 26, 2017 and run through December 11, 2017.  

Nearly 1,200 people celebrated National Museum Day at the Catalina Island Museum this past Saturday.

In conjunction with Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live initiative, visitors of all ages enjoyed free admission to the museum’s galleries, digital theater and plazas throughout the day.

 “Saturday’s celebration was an extraordinary success,” said Julie Perlin Lee, Executive Director of the Catalina Island Museum.

One day each year, the Catalina Island Museum opens its doors free of charge to celebrate National Museum Day. Held in concert with Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live, this year’s celebration of National Museum Day will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24. The Admission to the museum will be free the entire day.

The Tuna Club of Avalon boasts record fish catches and fantastic fishing stories.

Its historic clubhouse is closed to the public except for one day each year when it opens its doors to benefit the Catalina Island Museum.

This year, tours of the Tuna Club will take place on Saturday, Aug. 13.

The club’s founder, Dr. Charles Frederick Holder, a naturalist and experienced fisherman from the East Coast, recognized the potential for sport fishing on Catalina Island.

The Catalina Island Museum announces the upcoming departure of its Executive Director, Dr. Michael De Marsche. Planned from the beginning of his tenure, Dr.

One day each year the Catalina Island Museum partners with the Tuna Club of Avalon to reveal the rich history and traditions of Catalina Island’s most private club to the public. On Saturday, Aug. 13 you have the opportunity to tour the world famous Tuna Club, a nationally registered historic landmark and the oldest fishing club in the world.

Iconic 1950s pinup model Bettie Page is the subject of the special exhibition, “Bettie Page Uncovered: The Unknown Photographs of Bunny Yeager” currently on view at the Catalina Island Museum. Helmut Schuster, the curator of the exhibition was recently in Avalon for a Gallery Talk held at the museum.   

The Grand Opening Celebration of the Catalina Island Museum’s new Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building continues with the famed multiphonic singers of Tibet’s Drepung Loseling Monastery.

The monks will perform Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing at the Catalina Island Museum as part of their international tour of The Mystical Arts of Tibet.

The performance will take place on Sunday, July 3, at 6 p.m. in the Schreiner Family Plaza of the museum’s new building.