Museum offers residents free admission to ‘Frida’ exhibition

Photo from Nickolas Muray Archives courtesy of GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions

The Catalina Island Museum’s “Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray” exhibition is now open.

After a recent Frida for Free Day of Giving initiative, the museum is excited to announce it reached its goal allowing it to offer Avalon residents free admission to the museum and this highly anticipated exhibition for the next three months.

The museum’s special Frida Kahlo exhibition showcases more than 50 images of prominent Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s life by photographer Nickolas Muray.

Longtime friend and lover, Muray was a successful New York fashion and commercial photographer known for his portraits of celebrities, politicians, socialites and artists.

In 1931 he traveled to Mexico for vacation and met Kahlo through a mutual friend.

Having experimented with color in his work from early on, he found his most colorful model in Frida Kahlo. Muray was a prolific photographer and his archives contain over 25,000 images.

He photographed Kahlo more than any of his other subjects.

Muray’s photographs bring to light Kahlo’s deep interest in her Mexican heritage, her life and the people significant to her with whom she shared close friendships. The text is offered in both English and Spanish and the exhibit will be open through Sept. 27.

This traveling exhibition has been organized through the Nickolas Muray Archives and is circulated by GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Admission to the Catalina Island Museum is free for its members and all Avalon residents.

Non-member admission is $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, military and students with a valid ID and free for children (15 years and under).

All children must be accompanied by a paid adult. Visit for tickets and information.

The Catalina Island Museum offers the best in art and history exhibitions, music and dance performances, lectures by guest speakers from all over the world, and the finest in silent, documentary and international film.

Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment only for its members on Mondays and Tuesdays. Closed New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

The new Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building is located in the heart of Avalon at 217 Metropole Ave.

For more information, call museum at 310-510-2414 or visit

Museum offers residents free admission to ‘Frida’ exhibition