Monterey... a living museum

Explore Historic Monterey

The Explore Historic Monterey cell phone tours and brochure were made possible by a Preserve America grant from the National Park Service.

Preserving History

Restored Pacific Biological Laboratories specimen tanks

Ed Ricketts’ Marine Specimen Tanks, 1928-1948

In October 2010, as part of a grant awarded to the City of Monterey by the Community Foundation for Monterey County, conservators stabilized and protected the concrete specimen tanks located in back of the Pacific Biological Laboratories building. Marine biologist Ed Ricketts used the tanks to store marine specimens for his research and in preparation for shipment to schools, universities and museums. The tanks were originally built by Jose (Joseph) Benito Rodriguez and Vicente Rodriguez, two (unrelated) partners in La Esperanza Fish Packing Company, for use in La Esperanza's fish salting and sardine pressing operation. Ricketts began using the tanks when he moved to the site in 1928.

Featured News and Events

2018 Schedule for the Colton Hall Evening Music Series

Music Series Performances on Wednesdays March 14 and April 11 at the City Council Chambers, Few Memorial Hall

Enjoy live music performances at 7:00 pm on Wednesdays:

March 14 - Sensory Tribe (Glenn Bell)

April 11 - Blue Grass Band (David Holodiloff)

All concerts begin at 7:00 pm. Reservations may be made by phoning 831-646-5640 or email to reserve your seat.

The concerts are free and sponsored by the Museums and Cultural Arts Commission.


The City's Museums and Cultural Arts Commission Invites Artists to Submit Proposals for Art Exhibitions in the Alvarado Gallery at the Monterey Conference Center Beginning May 2018.

The Alvarado Gallery provides a forum for  the citizens visitors of Monterey to celebrate the rich artistic and cultural heritage of the Monterey area.  The selected exhibitions highlight the quality and diversity of arts and cultural expression in the Monterey area.

Applications can be picked up at Colton Hall Museum daily 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. or downloaded from /Portals/3/CALL%20FOR%20ART%20tri-ford%202018.pdf

 For more information call 831.242.8743.

Completed Applications must reach Colton Hall Museum

no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2018



2018 Schedule for Free Tours of the Pacific Biological Laboratories

Mar 10, Apr 14 May 12 Jun 9, Jul 14, Aug 11, Sep 8, 10/13, 11/10

Make your plans to attend these free tours of Ed Ricketts's Lab. Phone 831-646-5640 to reserve your space for these one hour tours.

Tour times: 9 and 10:30 am, 12:30, 2 and 3:30 pm. Tour capacity: 15 people. The tours start promptly so schedule some time for parking down at Cannery Row and walking to the Lab.