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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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A piece of California History

This was the first capital building for California before statehood (we voted on joining the union in this building) Rugged hand hewn beams are clearly visable

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Norma W
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Gilroy, California
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Gilroy, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the first capital building for California before statehood (we voted on joining the union in this building) Rugged hand hewn beams are clearly visable

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

Colton Hall and Friendly Plaza are a must see. The brick pathway has plaques indicating significant dates in Monterey history. The property is the site of City Hall and is owned by Monterey. Unlike many of the historic adobes controlled by the state, Colton Hall is accessible year round. Check out the old city jail (used until 1954) and the... More 

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Paso Robles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

This museum is small but interesting. It was the site of the California Convention to draft the California Constitution. It was also used as a schoolhouse. Fun historical artifacts to look over.

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Carmel, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

Travel back in time and visit Colton Hall Museum Built to serve as a public school and town meeting hall, Colton Hall now offers visitors a re-creation of the meeting room where California's first Constitution was drafted in October 1849 and exhibits on early Monterey. Colton Hall is a landmark in the City of Monterey, once the capital of Alta... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2016

The California constitution was laid out and signed here, and the setup tries to recreate the period. It was nice, but the docents made it nicer, explaining various uses and the creation of the building.. It was free and had sufficient information if you read it all.

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Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

Colton Hall's fascinating history, so core to California's past, is presented in such a way that it appears delegates just left the room a moment ago. Knowledgeable docents are available to give visitors the back stories. Loved it.

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Murphy, North Carolina
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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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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.

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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 

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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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