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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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Learning history in Monterey

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Monterey, California
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Monterey, California
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 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 

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Monterey, California
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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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Los Gatos, California
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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.

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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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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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