The Catalina Island Museum possesses the world's largest holding of artifacts and human remains related to the indigenous peoples of the island.
Other holdings in the museum's permanent collection include an extensive collection of ceramics produced by Catalina Clay Products between 1927 and 1937. The museum also possesses the single largest photographic archive related to island history. This material is critical to the museum's mission of relating island history to the over 1 million visitors that visit Santa Catalina annually.
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