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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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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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Great place to learn your history

If you want to learn more about California history this is the place to come. The docent was truly a wealth of information!

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 17, 2015
Murphy, North Carolina
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Murphy, North Carolina
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

If you want to learn more about California history this is the place to come. The docent was truly a wealth of information!

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Colton hall museum was truely amazing to a history buff like myself. I went by myself but still had a good time learning about california and Monterey's history.

Thank CindyNTravles
Monterey, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

If you are foreigner in Monterey Bay, you have opportunity to learn how California became a US state. you must go to Colton hall museum. It is easy to get there. if you are at the Monterey Transit Plaza(bus) just follow "the path of history". There is a gold spot in the road. Walk four blocks, and then you can... More 

Thank JungminSeo
Monterey, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

California joined the union in September, 1850, and this is where it happened! How much history can you stand? If you plan on visiting Monterey, be sure not to miss Colton Hall, on Pacific Street, near the Police station, the Fire Station, and the Library. Other notable points of history include the Robert Louis Stevenson house, the Whaling Station, Customs... More 

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Monterey, California
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113 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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.

2 Thank seek_save
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183 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
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.

Thank MrMe2014
Escondido, California, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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 14, 2015 via mobile

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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