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Monterey Museum of Art – Pacific Street

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Address: 559 Pacific St., Monterey, CA 93940
Phone Number: +1 831-372-5477
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Mon 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The Monterey Museum of Art has two locations. At MMA Pacific Street, 559...
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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An unexpected gem

A small but beautifully hung gallery in a wonderful setting with interesting local and wider artists and photographs. Well worth a visit although it is expensive for what it is.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Santa Rosa, California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This gallery is housed in a lovely large building, but there's not much art to see. And what's there is not exceptional. There's a second floor, but it was closed to set up a new show. The person at the desk doesn't mention this when she sells you a ticket. She does tell you there is additional art at a... More 

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montereyart, Social Media Team at Monterey Museum of Art – Pacific Street, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your feedback about your experience at our Pacific Street location. Visitor experience is important to us and we're sorry you did not enjoy your visit. The entire staff strives to maintain a high quality of service for our visitors and we apologize that our staff member did not adequately communicate that there is an exhibition installation... More 

Monterey, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I usually keep up a membership here as they are close to my house and have wonderful shows, especially featuring CA artists. Besides their downtown location they have La Mirada which was a house built around one of the earliest adobes in the area. The extension for art that they added is just lovely. Be sure to ask for a... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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158 reviews 158 reviews
62 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Small and not very comprehensive this museum could learn from other medium towns how to support the arts.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

everything! I am a museum regular and have found this one to be new and exciting every time. I take out of town guests and am never disappointed

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Cambridge
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259 reviews 259 reviews
52 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

A small but beautifully hung gallery in a wonderful setting with interesting local and wider artists and photographs. Well worth a visit although it is expensive for what it is.

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Carmel, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

small gallery that does a good job with the display of their art. Mixers are fun there but the art is just ok, of course they compete with alot of galleries on the peninsula

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Thetford, Vermont
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84 reviews 84 reviews
27 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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91 reviews 91 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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