Catalina Connection

Catalina Island Museum announces grand opening celebration

The Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building will open to the public, June 18.

AVALON — The Catalina Island Museum will finally have a permanent home after years of leasing space on the ground level of the Avalon Casino building as the museum is scheduled to open the new Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building on June 18.

A grand opening celebration will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, and a film screening of “Jaws.” Events will be held throughout the day.

The building’s two main galleries focus on history and art. The largest gallery is permanently dedicated to the history of Catalina Island while the other is dedicated to special exhibitions of photography, painting and sculpture. The opening special exhibition, Bettie Page Uncovered: The Unknown Photographs of Bunny Yeager, is the first museum exhibition in California dedicated to Page and consists entirely of photographs that have rarely, or never, been seen before.

Special events will run from June 18-July 4 as part of the museum’s grand opening. A Members Preview Day is scheduled from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., June 17.

The Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building is located at 217 Metropole Avenue. For more information visit

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