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Colton Hall Museum

Pacific St btwn Madison and Jefferson Sts, Monterey, CA 93940
831 646 5648
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Ranked #16 of 44 Attractions in Monterey
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Built in 1849 to serve as a public school and town meeting hall, this historic building is now a...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: 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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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 The museum has facsimilies of original historical documents to read and has some original furniture, including benches, chairs that one can sit in and have more of an experience of that history.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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6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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15 helpful votes 15 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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Monterey, California
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10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Fantastic history is preserved in Monterey Bay. Too few people take the time or possibly are afraid of "going back to school". This is a wonderful chance to "touch" the earliest days of pre-state California and the days of the Padre's. Visit Carmel Mission while you have the chance, being in the area. A small fee, but worth it, too.

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Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Small exhibit but highlights important events in Monterey. Interesting. Only took 1/2 hour or so to view.

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Marina
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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

I had taken my two grandkids (ages 8 & 12) to the Monterey Library and then we went to Colton Hall. The museum was closing in a few minutes so we looked around very quickly. I've lived here for many years but had never seen the room where the first California Constitution was signed. That, and the historic pictures on... More 

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San Francisco, California
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13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Each time we've visited Colton Hall, we've learned something. It's such a wonderful building and to imagine the historical events that took place there is rather humbling.

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