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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 #20 of 56 attractions in Monterey
Type: History Museums
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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Monterey, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 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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11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Jackson, Mississippi, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

This is a very imiposing building in teh heart of Monterey where teh California Constitution was signed. The grounds and building are lovely and while there is not that much "stuff" there, it is hisotrically interesting. The fact that California has not always had Sacramento as its Capital is problably not even known to most Californi school children these days.... More

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Carmel, California
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

A visit to the museum at Colton Hall allows you to walk in the foot steps of history. Here the California state constitution was written and signed. The knowledgeable staff will help you experience what it must have been like to decide the slavery, boundary and women's rights issues. .

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Monterey, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

This is where California's Constitution was signed way back in 1849. A very nice stop along the historic trail with a museum and a docent present most days--so you can ask all kinds of questions. There's the old jail behind it, a beautiful green lawn park in front of it, and grizzly bear sculptures, too.

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Madera, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Took our son to the Museum since he studied California History in school this year and will be studying the states next year. Wanted him to see where the California Constitution was actually written and signed. The literature provided was very helpful. We also went to the jail (which my husband enjoyed, but our son did not like at all!... More

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Monterey, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

Although California History is a bit later than the history of the rest of the country, Monterey was California's first Capitol. Colton Hall was the site of California's first State Constitutional Convention. If you love history, you must visit.

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Monterey
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

I got there almost by mistake. I was looking for something to do and I started reading signs on the road...and in few minutes I found myself super curious of Monterey's History. On the path in front of the building there are several important events that caracterized Monterey and California History, but when you get upstairs in the building it... More

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