Over the past four years the Catalina Island Museum has captured national and international attention for its exhibitions featuring Marilyn Monroe, Ralph Glidden and photographs by Pattie Boyd, former wife of the Beatles’
George Harrison and Eric Clapton. With the construction of its new home, the museum looks to build upon the strength of its collection and success of its past programming to become the island’s premiere destination for art, history, music and film.
When the Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building opens later this year, it will exhibit a far more comprehensive
view of Catalina Island’s remarkable history.The Special Exhibitions Gallery will change frequently, hosting traveling art exhibitions from around the world. The building will also include a state-of-the-art theater concerts. Adjacent for lectures and videos; a gallery for its permanent collection of plein air painting; a retail shop that will add to the town’s busy street life; and – on the museum’s vast second floor – a 100-seat amphitheater that has been specially designed for films and concerts.
Adjacent to the amphitheater are open-air plazas suitable not only for catered events but for performances of dance, theater and music. In recent months, the museum’s construction team has poured the foundation for the first floor and has nearly completed the foundation for its second floor. Crews are installing the steel framing, plumbing and electrical. When looking at the front facade, you will notice molds for the architectural elements that were inspired by Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
As the construction of the Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building progresses, the museum staff is busy planning numerous events for the grand opening celebration. Announcements regarding the grand opening will be made in the coming months. For more information or to participate in the Catalina Island Museum’s capital campaign, please contact our Director of Development and Membership Devin Thompson by phone at 310-510-4650, or via email.