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Address: 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey State Historic Park, Monterey, CA
Phone Number: 831-372-2608
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Great place to see the nautical history of the Monterrey Bay Area. For lighthouse freaks they have a first order Freznel lens working on the second floor.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 15, 2015
Rick C
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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Potsdam, New York
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

This museum is fairly small but has a lot of info on the area. It's also in a great location for exploring and for sampling the local eateries.

Thank Thomas M
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Great place to see the nautical history of the Monterrey Bay Area. For lighthouse freaks they have a first order Freznel lens working on the second floor.

Thank Rick C
Fremont, California
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3,248 reviews
2,107 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We went to the Museum of Monterey and had a good time. First floor had some nice artwork and other things. Second floor had interesting historical displays. The outside balcony however was my favorite; it had a good view of Fisherman's Wharf (nice place to take a photo). Since it was Concourse d'Elegance in Monterey, it was also a good... More 

Thank mini
Pleasanton, CA
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342 reviews
100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

The museum is not expensive. The top floor has exhibits that provide a history lesson on the Monterey area. Yes, you could just read about it somewhere, but the exhibits give you things to look at as well. On the first floor, there is a mechanism from a lighthouse that is interesting. Other than that, there are art exhibits that... More 

Thank Jamaica_Jeff
Sacramento, California
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This is a small museum next to the State Historical park in Monterey. It is a wonderful way to spend a few hours. There are 3 main exhibit areas: the atrium (where there was a great exhibit of photos of the bright colors of South America), a first floor exhibit hall (where the exhibit was of the life-sized whale photos... More 

2 Thank Betsey A
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81 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

The museum was rated as one of the best in the world by the lady at the ticket desk so we paid our $8 each to go in. Frankly I would have been disappointed if it had been free! It is tiny, one room upstairs and a bunch of photos downstairs. There are 2 films showing in the theatre in... More 

4 Thank Twogirls_7
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

This museum was fascinating! The life size photos of whales were amazing and reading about how the photos were made was just as interesting as the photos . The maritime exhibit upstairs was extremely interesting and full of wonderful artifacts. The history of Monterey is so interesting. I would love to go back the next time I'm in Monterey. If... More 

Thank joyfulevermore
San Antonio, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

For the $5 bucks the best part is the lighthouse. Other than that, not much to see. I dont remember the art exhibit they had there but it was of missions.

1 Thank soulmusiq
Berkeley, California
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39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

This museum is just across from Fisherman's Wharf and only $5. I went to see the "Beautiful Whale" exhibit with some amazing lifesize photos of whales (there are plenty of benches so you can sit and contemplate what you're seeing), but as you walk in there's an exhibit called "Since Before the Moon Appeared: The Painted Legacy of Latin America"... More 

Thank edwardsmom24
La Canada Flintridge, California
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136 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

When I went had exhibit on the 60s era & upstairs about Cannery Row from 1800s to Today, nautical fare, etc Museum could be bigger & house more exhibits & use Hi Tech to explain exhibits. Day I went they had a Dodge Chrysler car club in Town outside museum.

Thank spacetourist

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