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Monterey Museum of Art

Address: 559 Pacific St. and Jefferson and Madison streets, Monterey, CA
Phone Number: 831-372-5477
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Ranked #17 of 49 Attractions in Monterey
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Monterey Museum of Art has two locations. At MMA Pacific Street, 559 Pacific Street, Monterey...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Mon 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The Monterey Museum of Art has two locations. At MMA Pacific Street, 559 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940, masterpieces of early California painting and photography including works by Ansel Adams and Edward Weston are showcased in this downtown landmark. Family-friendly with activities for children.At MMA La Mirada, 720 Via Mirada, Monterey, CA 93940, contemporary galleries of exhibitions of work by the greatest artists of the twentieth century and most exciting artists of today complement the old-world elegance and lavish rose gardens of the historic La Mirada estate. See the house where Hollywood celebrities where entertained in the silent film era and Richard Burton and Elizabeth stayed while filming The Sandpiper in the early 1960s.

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Thetford, Vermont
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76 reviews 76 reviews
24 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I had a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning in Monterey and I discovered the Monterey Museum of Art. I was only one of about five people in the whole museum when I visited. If you are a student and have your I.D. handy, definitely use it and you can waive the $10 adult admission fee. Despite the... More 

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Monterey, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Go for the behind the scenes house tour if you can. Even without it the displays are neat and in a beautiful setting. Spend some time exploring the grounds.

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Bahia Kino, Mexico
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The collections and what was on view made it clear that local artists are the focus. The Monterey Hospital also has a wonderful collection of paintings hung in each corridor and employs a fulltime curator.

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Monterey, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is a wonderful local museum. Well worth the visit. They feature many interesting exhibitions and talks. Check them out on line for current exhibitions.

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Monterey, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I particularly enjoyed the artist who creates portraits and scenes as a fiber artist - meticulous work with fabrics and her sewing machine. Intriguing, and a good artist's eye. Check their website to see which special exhibits they have at any given time.

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NYC
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Beautiful small museum. Attended a rehearsal dinner here. Lovely venue.Local artists and some historical work, beautiful building.

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Santa Rosa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

The main MOMA is located on Pacific Street. Due to its preparations for a new exhibit, a sigh directed us to the La Mirada site immediately adjacent to the Monterey Peninsula College. We were pleasantly surprised and pleased with the exhibit, the Rose Garden, and even made reservations to listen to a chorale show that same evening. The gallery was... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

You can enter an auction for miniature paintings by local artists at the end of the year. You buy tickets and put them in the box for the artwork that you like. I won one and they sent it to me for $12. It's a painting by a nationally known artist.

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Everett, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

The museum's use of a former estate offers a variety of paintings and artworks, some displayed as part of the original owners' collection. The newer galleries offer more current artists' installations. A nonstop video of the artist setting up his work was included at an art station for kids and adults, inspired by what they just saw. Having a very... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Small show of central California landscapes, very beautiful. Photos of Monterey adobes. Mid-century Japanese prints. The real surprise was at the La Mirada Annex at the Community College--a wonderful old house and a terrific gallery addition. Great architecture. The Andrew Schoultz show of murals and paintings was breathtaking.

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