Initially built to function as a school, in 1849, this building saw California’s first constitution drafted, which makes it one of the most important buildings in the state. In 934, it was registered as a Historical Landmark, and is still the important public office building in Monterey County still in continuous use. The museum, which covers these important events is on the second floor. Though often overlooked, the museum is beautifully presented and preserved. There’s a map here that shows the political scenario in 1848.
Colton Hall Museum Travel Tips
- Entry is Free.
Colton Hall Museum Hours
- Winter hours may vary.
How to Reach Colton Hall Museum
- Buses 1, 2, 3, 7, 13, 18, 21, 22, 24, 55, 69, 78, 91, 93, 94 running through Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 2 Munras
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39.39% of people who visit Monterey include Colton Hall Museum in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
34.38% of people start their Colton Hall Museum visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Colton Hall Museum
58.62% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Colton Hall Museum
Colton Hall Museum Reviews & Ratings
Most enjoyable. Along with the "moon tree" and Old Monterey Jail, this makes a perfect hidden gem in historic Monterey. I found chatting with the docent especially interesting because he shared historic knowledge that showed his deep appreciation for the state's history.
Lovely short historical stop. Helpful staff who knew his stuff. Boyfriend who's into constitutional things wished there was more.
This and surrounding grounds are a much better place to visit than Cannery Row to experience Monterey. Highly recommended.
While attending the 4th of July Parade, we walked by this wonderful building structure...over 80,000 people enjoyed this event
Small museum with interesting historical displays. While it doesn't take long to go through ..there are other historic structures near it.