The Catalina Island Museum is home to cornucopia of historical artifacts. Native soap stone bowls. Valuable Catalina pottery. And a photography collection that chronicles more than a century of island life.
For much of the first half of the last century, Catalina life frequently featured Hollywood celebrities working and playing on Santa Catalina Island. Hollywood icon Charlie Chaplin – along with many other early film icons – spent countless hours walking Avalon’s streets, enjoying its vistas and challenging its adventures. In the 1930s, Chaplin began a tumultuous love affair with aspiring actress Paulette Goddard. The two spent eight years together, often enjoying a rendezvous on Catalina Island.
Beginning on April 16, the Catalina Island Museum will unveil its latest exhibition, Chaplin and Goddard: A Secret Love Affair. An Opening Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. will be held at the museum, which is located on the lower level of the Catalina Island Casino Building. The event is free for museum members and $5 for the general public.