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Monterey Museum of Art - Pacific Street

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Address: 559 Pacific St, Monterey, CA 93940-2805
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+1 831-372-5477
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Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Mon 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Monterey Museum of Art has two locations. At MMA Pacific Street, 559...

The Monterey Museum of Art has two locations. At MMA Pacific Street, 559 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940, masterpieces of early California painting and photography including works by Ansel Adams and Edward Weston are showcased in this downtown landmark. Family-friendly with activities for children.At MMA La Mirada, 720 Via Mirada, Monterey, CA 93940, contemporary galleries of exhibitions of work by the greatest artists of the twentieth century and most exciting artists of today complement the old-world elegance and lavish rose gardens of the historic La Mirada estate. See the house where Hollywood celebrities where entertained in the silent film era and Richard Burton and Elizabeth stayed while filming The Sandpiper in the early 1960s.

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impressive art in 2 great locations

Loved visiting both galleries on a wet Sunday - the rooms are spacious and the art well presented. I totally loved the La Mirada house and garden and the Chuck Close exhibition is... read more

Reviewed December 25, 2012
sharon m
Gold Coast, Australia
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Well worth the visit. Very comfortable and attractive building; friendly staff. Surprising display of the work of Henri Matisse. Display of the work of Johnny Apodaca, some of whose work reminds me of Gregory Kondos and Wayne Thiebaud. Nice and thorough display of the work of Beth Van Hoesen (etchings and drawings), which I especially liked.

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Reviewed March 22, 2013

This review is for the La Mirada location, which we prefer due to the setting in historic buildings and grounds. However you can get in for the same ticket to both the La Mirada and the Pacific street locations on the same ticket, so if you have time, do both. Outstanding setting, very romantic, nice tour, like a little slice... More 

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Monterey, California
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Monterey Museum of Art has two locations. If you pay for one you get to go to the other location free. One is right downtown among the historic buildings, the other is La Mirada--not far from the freeway and college. Exhibits of California's Bohemian artists and Impressionist artists as well as up to date art works by contemporary artists.

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Coloma, Michigan
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

The hours of operation are limited so call ahead. Certainly a worth-while stop along the way. Located within the city so walk in and check out the displays.

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Gold Coast, Australia
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

Loved visiting both galleries on a wet Sunday - the rooms are spacious and the art well presented. I totally loved the La Mirada house and garden and the Chuck Close exhibition is stunning - great large pieces demonstrating almost every printing process there is and a great video. I now understand why this man is a great American artist,... More 

Thank sharon m
Aptos, California, United States
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

There are many great museums of Art in America. The Chicago Art Institute comes to mind...or MOMA..... It is unfortunate that a community with a great many artists and rich people can't do better than this.

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

This is an excellent and well organised art museum- located on two sites. It's well worth visiting if you have an interest in art. At 559 Pacific Street, you'll find a gorgeous old building in a delightful garden setting. I recommend you check their website and join their e-mail list, so you can find out what's on display. The displays... More 

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West Grove, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

The Pacific Street museum has a limited scope but the California focus was great. It was informative and just right for an hour visit. A bit of Frederick Remington and Charles Russell sculture, a touch of photography, a nice gift shop--all in all, we enjoyed our visit.

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Fresno, California, United States
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Reviewed September 25, 2012 via mobile

This past weekend the Monterey Museum of Art hosted a wonderful event called family day. It was interactive and fun for the whole family. We were started off with a scavenger hunt which encouraged the kids to find different pictures, sculptures, etc... in exchange for a treat when they found all the items. Then we went upstairs to find a... More 

Thank Mindy F
Redding, California, United States
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

This museum has every bit of flower power history and early time history....it is pre Americana and post America.....in here you can visit the 70's and the 60's...and then go on up the stairs and you can experience how it was back in the stone age and into the iron age.....this is a must visit place

Thank Malua H

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