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Museums: Art/Natural History/Railroad/Surfing

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Monterey Maritime and History Museum

Monterey Maritime and History Museum
5 Custom House Plaza
Hours: Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Free admission.
(831) 372-2608

Across from Fisherman's Wharf in Downtown Monterey Tuesday - Sunday 10 - 5 | Admission is Free!


The Maritime Museum of Monterey can trace its origins as far back as 1931, when Amelie Elkinton, then curator of Monterey's old Mexican-era Custom House, dreamed of a waterfront maritime museum. The Monterey History & Art Association first began its own quest for a waterfront museum in 1966. But the need became more pressing in 1970, when Adele Knight, widow of MHAA member and former Association president Allen Knight, donated her late husband's extensive maritime collection to the Association. Click here to learn more about the Knight Collection.

The first Maritime Museum of Monterey opened in 1971 as the Allen Knight Maritime Museum, housed in the basement of the Monterey Museum of Art on Calle Principle. After extensive planning and fundraising, the new Maritime Museum of Monterey and History Center opened its doors on October 31, 1992.

Today the Maritime Museum holds almost 6000 artifacts, over 50,000 photographs, and papers in the collection. The 580 glass prisms of the historic Fresnel lens from the Point Sur Lightstation illuminate the Maritime Museum and its seven exhibit areas, from the Rumsien/Ohlone Indians and Spanish explorers, to the USS Macon and war in the Pacific, to Monterey's era as the sardine capital of the world.



Museum of Art & History

Santa Cruz
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(Logos Business) SantaCruzMAH_Logo.jpgThe Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center (the "MAH") is undergoing a transformation. We have a vision to become a thriving, central gathering place where local residents and visitors have the opportunity to experience art, history, ideas, and culture. We envision engaged members and visitors who are increasingly passionate and knowledgeable about contemporary art and local history that celebrate our diverse community.


This vision is exciting, but it's only as good as our ability to deliver on it. We know that lots of people in Santa Cruz county are not currently connected to the Museum, and we're doing the hard work to engage new participants. We need your help to make this happen. All of our new events and exhibitions are created in partnership with community collaborators, and we'd love to find a way for you to get involved.


So poke around a bit. Share your own vision of the future and how the Museum can support your creative, social, and intellectual interests. The MAH is only as good as the members, donors, volunteers, and enthusiasts who support it-and we hope that you will soon count yourself as part of our family.


If you have any questions or ideas about this transformation that you'd like to discuss in person, drop by the Museum 11-5, Tuesday to Sunday, or contact any of us directly. Community engagement is our primary focus. No one is as important as you. Really.

Come Visit.

Sign up for our friendly weekly email to keep you abreast of all the events, exhibitions, and new activity at the museum. We have exciting events and interactive exhibitions for you every week of the year. You can also stay in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr, where we share photos and stories from experiences with our visitors.

Become a member.

The MAH is a non-profit institution, and the only way we can do all this great work is with the support of people like you who love our community and care about culture. Members are the people who make the magic happen by donating money, infusing events with great energy, and introducing friends to the museum. We'd love you to become a museum member or make a donation to support our work.

Share your ideas.

We are moving towards becoming a more community-centered, responsive institution, and we can only do that with brilliant and challenging suggestions from you. You can share your ideas here (and comment on our ideas, too). You can also come in any day to leave a comment on the wall at the lobby, or contact a specific staff member with something to share.

Share your skills.

We have fabulous volunteers at the museum who help us run our educational programs, preserve our artifacts, and make our events successful-and we always need more. We need artists, crafters, and history buffs. We need techies. We need gardeners. We need people who can upholster couches and tell stories and make gorgeous posters. You can learn more about volunteering here.

Share your stuff.

We need stuff. Specifically, we need couches, armchairs, and craft supplies. We'd love a vinyl cutter. Please check out our wishlist and see if there's something you might be able to regift to us.


Address: 705 Front Street | Ages: All

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


Roaring Camp Railroads

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See California's towering redwood forests from two historic railroads on your next visit to the San Francisco or Monterey Bay Areas. Travel by steam train up a narrow-gauge track through the Big Trees to Bear Mountain or by beach train down the scenic San Lorenzo River to the sunny beaches of Santa Cruz. It all happens on the Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton.



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