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Museums: Art/Natural History/Railroad/Surfing

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Bigfoot Discovery Museum


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(Photos General) HartnellPlanetarium.jpgThe J. Frederic Ching Planetarium has been enchanting audiences with the wonders of astronomy and space science since its original construction in 1962. A renovated and updated facility reopened in 2005, ushering in a new digital era for Hartnell's planetarium with the Konica Minolta Mediaglobe projection system. Our facility offers public programs, support to Hartnell'sastronomy classes, and hosts thousands of visiting elementary school students from Monterey County and beyond each year.

Apart from showing the night sky and its countless stars across a thirty foot diamter dome, modern immersive imagery cantransport planetarium visitors through space and into many other astonishing virtual worlds of scientific discovery.

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Old Monterey Jail

The Old Monterey Jail was constructed in 1854 and served as the City Jail until 1956. The jail was an impenetrable fortress for its inmates; no one ever escaped from the thick granite walls during its history. The building is open to the public daily.

The Old Jail is located next to Colton Hall. The Jail is open daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. Map and directions.

831.646.5648 / Fax: 831.646.3917
Colton Hall Museum, City Hall, Monterey, CA 93940
Colton Hall


San Francisco Fire Museum


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

(415) 357-4000

Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery

(888) 424-8035
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(Logos Business) MOD.jpgThe Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery, located in the Capitola Mall, aims to delight, inspire and challenge children by providing an exciting and interactive learning environment. This nonprofit museum has 8,000-plus square feet of exhibits, classrooms and store space. Its hands-on exhibits bring learning to life by showcasing the wonders of Santa Cruz County: the place where the ocean meets the redwoods, where technology meets recreation, where agriculture meets health.

The Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the museum is $7 adults 18 and older, $5 children ages 2 to 17, and free for children under the age of 2.

Address: 1855 41st Ave. | Ages: 0-12

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