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“always informative” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Colton Hall Museum

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
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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.
San Francisco, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“always informative”
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.

Visited June 2013
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Jackson, Mississippi, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“California's First Capital and who knew?”
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. But it was and with a tour o fthe many adobes still preserved in town makes for an interesting walk about starting point for a history of early California. We did that, and I will say that all the other adobes and historic buidlings we visited that were open were on a par with this- historically correct, well maintained and undervisited. Peopel son't seem to care about their history too much. Too bad.

Visited March 2013
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Carmel, California
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21 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“This is where it happened”
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. .

Visited April 2013
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Monterey, California
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“California's Constitution was signed here”
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.

Visited January 2013
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Madera, California
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“A nice piece of history”
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! I was fascinated by the small blurbs posted at the far end of the jail hall primarily about vigilante justice.) The docent was nice, but initially stayed in her office and listened to me reading the literature to my son. She finally offered us some additional information and tried to get our son interested. If you go be aware that the museum is on the second floor so you have to go up the stairs. The Friendly Plaza on the corner was nice too. Parking in the general area was free on the street if you stayed less than 1 hour. We did the tour in less than that time and could have gone across the street to more historical sites, but there was a party having photos taken so we didn't want to interfere.

Visited July 2012
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