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Why contribute to the Catalina Island Museum?

People contribute to the Catalina Island Museum knowing that they are supporting the only museum in Avalon and the sole institution dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Catalina Island's rich history, culture and art. Thanks to the generosity of donors, the museum's impact is felt throughout Southern California: through visitors and residents touched by our exhibitions and programming.

Under the leadership of our Board of Trustees and Executive Director, Dr. Michael De Marsche, the museum is reaching even higher: to become one of the best museums in Southern California.

There are a number of ways to contribute to the Catalina Island Museum:

Become a Member

Join the Patrons Society

Sponsor a Program or Exhibition

Make a Donation

All donations, sponsorships and memberships to the Catalina Island Museum are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  The Catalina Island Museum is a privately operated, 501(c)3 non profit organization.



Perhaps no single destination on Catalina Island is as popular with residents and visitors alike as the Catalina Island Museum. Growth in museum membership has been dramatic. In February of 2011 the museum had fewer than 300 members. Today, our membership is at a record 1,968 members and growing! Members to the museum enjoy:

  • Unlimited FREE admission for an entire year
  • Membership card
  • 15% discount in the Museum Store
  • FREE admission to Special Exhibitions Opening Receptions
  • FREE access to the Time Traveler's Network of more than 250 participating museums nationwide.
  • And much more...
Become a member today and help the museum reach its goal of 2000 members!

Patrons Society

The Patrons Society is the Catalina Island Museum's most prestigious giving group. The society was formed to engage individuals interested in supporting the vision that guides the museum into the future. Society members gain unparalleled access to the leadership of the museum and enjoy special benefits from our business partners throughout Avalon. In addition, Patrons Society members receive invitations to dinners, films and other events with the distinguished lecturers, authors and artists that visit the museum every year. 

Become a Patrons Society member today:

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The Catalina Island Museum has a large and growing audience. Admission to the museum is up 62 percent and more than 65,000 people visited the museum in 2013.

Much of the museum's success can be attributed to our innovative special exhibition schedule.

Exhibition Sponsorship
  • Prominent recognition on all Catalina Island Museum printed materials related to the exhibition
  • Recognition for one year on the Catalina Island Museum's Donor Wall located in the museum
  • Name recognition on the title wall of the exhibition
  • Private tour for eight people of the exhibition by the Museum Curator and Executive Director
  • 20 passes to the exhibition and the exhibition opening


Make a donation today:

If you would like to learn more about giving opportunities please contact our Director of Development and Membership. We accept memorial gifts, bequests and stock transfers. We also encourage special gifts like charitable remainder trusts.

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