The first seaplane airport was located at Hamilton Cove in the 1930s. The Douglas Dolphin seaplanes would land offshore and then motor up a ramp to a giant turntable. After passengers disembarked, the turntable would be hand-pulled around so it was headed back towards the sea for its return flight.
Santa Catalina's Rich History
For more than 60 years, the Catalina Island Museum has collected, preserved and presented the rich cultural heritage of Santa Catalina Island for visitors from all over the world to enjoy. Situated on the ground floor of Avalon's historic Casino Building, the Catalina Island Museum invites you to discover more than 7,000 years of history through dozens of engaging and visually exciting exhibits.
Ever wondered what it's like to live on an island? Who discovered Santa Catalina Island? Who are the rich-and-famous people who have lived on Catalina throughout the decades? The museum’s knowledgeable staff and guides will help you understand the unique history of our special island and get the most out of your visit. Attend a lecture, workshop or special event to get a personal perspective of island history. Take a piece of Catalina home with you from our gift shop. Discover Catalina at the Catalina Island Museum!
For more information go to their website: Catalina Island Museum, or call 310.510.2414