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“Tucked Away Treasure!”

Monterey Museum of Art – Pacific Street
Ranked #26 of 101 things to do in Monterey
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Owner description: 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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216 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Tucked Away Treasure!”
Reviewed May 16, 2014

The main MOMA is located on Pacific Street. Due to its preparations for a new exhibit, a sigh directed us to the La Mirada site immediately adjacent to the Monterey Peninsula College. We were pleasantly surprised and pleased with the exhibit, the Rose Garden, and even made reservations to listen to a chorale show that same evening. The gallery was featuring a flower arrangement show to complement the exhibit that was being shown. The docents were very knowledgeable and helpful.

Visited May 2014
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Art auction in december”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

You can enter an auction for miniature paintings by local artists at the end of the year. You buy tickets and put them in the box for the artwork that you like. I won one and they sent it to me for $12. It's a painting by a nationally known artist.

Visited December 2013
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Everett, Washington
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247 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“Bonus viewing”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

The museum's use of a former estate offers a variety of paintings and artworks, some displayed as part of the original owners' collection. The newer galleries offer more current artists' installations. A nonstop video of the artist setting up his work was included at an art station for kids and adults, inspired by what they just saw.
Having a very knowledgeable docent providing additional information connected the local area's history to the estates history. Glimpses of the landscape beyond the museum's collection provided a bonus viewing.
The admission to one museum allows a visit to the other on Pacific Street. A brisk 15 minute walk can get one to the other museum. Parking is only available at the estate museum.

Visited November 2013
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Sacramento, California
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“Very Compact and Satisfying”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

Small show of central California landscapes, very beautiful. Photos of Monterey adobes. Mid-century Japanese prints.
The real surprise was at the La Mirada Annex at the Community College--a wonderful old house and a terrific gallery addition. Great architecture.
The Andrew Schoultz show of murals and paintings was breathtaking.

Visited October 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Nice Surprise!”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Museum was near the Marriott Hotel so I walked over. It is across the street from the very lovely city hall. The museum is small but with an interesting standing collection. There was a contest on that day and I won a very lovely coffee table book and everyone was very nice and informational. A great way to kill an afternoon and nice neighborhood too! The bus stops there too!

Visited December 2012
1 Thank karenrose314
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