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Colton Hall Museum
570 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940
Museum hours are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Considered one of the most historic buildings in California, Colton Hall is the birthplace of the State of California. Home of the California Constitutional Convention of 1849, visit the site where 48 delegates debated the decisions that made California a free state. See original documents, artifacts, and even walk on the same floor as the delegates. Located at 570 Pacific St., Monterey, Colton Hall Museum is located upstairs with an ADA accessible elevator and parking available in the rear. For more information, please call (831) 646-5648, or email email@example.com.
Lower Presidio Park, Corporal Ewing Road, Bldg 113, Monterey, CA 93944
There is no entrance fee. Located in the Lower Presidio Historic Park, the exhibits in this jewel of a museum lead visitors through Monterey's various stages of military development from the indigenous period which highlights the area's native populations; through the Spanish and Mexican periods; and up to the present day. Because of the important role of the military in Monterey between 1902 and today, the majority of the exhibits are dedicated to the development of the Presidio as an army training base.
A new exhibit, Extraordinary Valor: The Lost History of the Buffalo Soldiers in Monterey, opened on Saturday, June 17, 2023 at the Presidio of Monterey Museum. FULL NEWS RELEASE IN PDF
The Presidio Museum of Monterey is located in the Lower Presidio Historic Park, one of the least visited historic parks in the area. Hidden in plain sight, the park is situated above Lighthouse curve in downtown Monterey. Visit the park for its spectacular views of Monterey Bay and Harbor, and stop at the museum to learn why historians have called this area, "The most historically significant site on the West Coast." For more information, please call (831) 646-5648, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
800 Cannery Row Monterey, CA 93940
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Take a journey through Monterey’s storied past with a tour of Pacific Biological Laboratories. The Lab is located at 800 Cannery Row, just a block from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
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DISCOVER where California became a state.
JOURNEY through the original adobes and colorful gardens that are among the most historic structures in California.
ENJOY the beauty of land and sea that made Monterey a destination for so many fisherman, artists, scientists, and writers.
LEARN how Pirates, Father Serra, Mexico and Spain all claimed Alta California.
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