The Presidio Museum is on the grounds of the Presidio at Monterey , but accessible to the public. We went there to visit on a day with cloudy skies -not a good time to go to the beach. I would recommend the place only to those interested in military equipment and dress attire.
The Presidio Museum is a museum if you like military uniforms through the ages. Among the exhibits are life size mannequins fitted with uniforms of the times. These include a US marine corporal dress uniform in 1846 with sword, a infantry corporal in 1902, a "Sergeant York" uniform in 1918, a statue of a cavalry lieutenant in uniform in 1930 with his horse, and an army officer dress uniform in World War II.
There are a number of photographs and posters through the different eras, including a cavalry recruiting poster, the great oil fire of 1924, and an Army Language School exhibit, from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism. There are pictures of horse drawn heavy artillery infantry drills, complete with huge artillery piece shields.
The weapon inventory consists of canteens, hats, bolt action rifles, mini-ball muskets, and a 1917 Browning water-cooled 30 caliber machine gun. Outside of the one room structure is a civil war era artillery piece that looks like it came out of an 18th century frigate.
Admission is free, and the Presidio is open to the public with hours: Monday 10 to 1pm, Thursday thru Saturday 10-4pm, Sunday 1-4pm, and closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
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