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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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Often overlooked, well worth 45 minutes

In the original city hall for Monterey, this is a great little museum that give the history of Monterey and California. Admission is free, the scenery is great, and worth making... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

In the original city hall for Monterey, this is a great little museum that give the history of Monterey and California. Admission is free, the scenery is great, and worth making a quick stop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Colton Hall is an historic building which has many historical artifacts from the pre-California days. No child should miss it.

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Seaside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Great display on California's first capital, with occasional talks by docent. And it's free -donation only! Good bookstore, too - highly recommended to history buffs and occasional visitors alike.

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Escondido, California, USA
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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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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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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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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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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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Address: Address: Pacific St btwn Madison and Jefferson Sts, Monterey, CA 93940
Phone Number: 831 646 5648
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey

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