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Colton Hall Museum

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Address: Pacific St btwn Madison and Jefferson Sts, Monterey, CA 93940
Phone Number: 831 646 5648
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Description: Built in 1849 to serve as a public school and town meeting hall, this...
Built in 1849 to serve as a public school and town meeting hall, this historic building is now a museum open for public touring.
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Interesting tour

Our guide was very informative and knowledgeable of the American period of California history. However, I did not see any handicapped access, and the stairs are pretty steep.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 1, 2015
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Escondido, California, USA
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Escondido, California, USA
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92 reviews 92 reviews
29 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Our guide was very informative and knowledgeable of the American period of California history. However, I did not see any handicapped access, and the stairs are pretty steep.

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Tracy, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This perfectly restored Colton Hall is filled with the history of the first California Congress; whose members created the first California Constitution. It is awesome to stand where the delegates created this important document to send to the US Congress in the middle of the gold rush era.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

If you are a Californian or a history buff this is is very worthwhile. 30 min will give you incredible insight into our statehood endeavor. Free, with an excellent docent, it is apiece of our heritage that should not be missed.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

the frist school in California lots of history here were the Conustion of the U.S.A was written between Mexico and the Union the only Constitution written in 2 languages English & Spanish, Cotton Hall is free to enter & next door is the old jail. I can't say enough about this area its a live with all one needs.. if... More 

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Modesto, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

If you're interested in California history, the Colton Hall Museum is a valuable place to visit. I only gave it an average rating because, due to budgetary reasons (as a part of the California State Park system), staffing has been cut which reduces the "open hours,". However, I learned, or re-learned, so much from my visit. I'm admittedly a museum... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This is one of the best historical museums I've visited. The museum has facsimilies of original historical documents to read and has some original furniture, including benches, chairs that one can sit in and have more of an experience of that history. There are different formats of information which really facilitate a larger learning experience. One of the most exciting... More 

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Livermore, California
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Visited this building, completed 1849, as part of a walking tour. This is where the California constitution was written, prior to becoming a state in 1850. You can go inside and walk through the hall where it was crafted.

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Morgan Hill, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

What does Colton Hall in Monterey CA. and the Assembly Room of the Pennsylvania State House, now known as Independence Hall have in common? Both places were the birth place of a constitution. In one the territory of California wrote its constitution in preparation of statehood. You can visit the room, see the papers, look at the paper where they... More 

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Colonial Heights, Virginia
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

It was nice to get a bit more history of the Monterey area. Definitely not a long stop, but it made us learn a little on our trip!

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Monterey, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Your photo is NOT of the Colton Hall Museum; it is of the second floor of the Monterey Conference Center. Please replace the photo! The museum coverss the history of the birthplace of the State of California and its first capitol. Veyr interesting!

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