Monterey State Historic Park, Monterey

Monterey State Historic Park, Monterey - Address, Phone Number

Address: 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940, United States

Phone: +1-8316497118

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Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

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About Monterey State Historic Park, Monterey

The Monterey History and Art Association must be saluted for what they did for this place. It is nothing short of fantastic. Along a two mile path lie 55 historic buildings, this self-guided tour is marked by the yellow tiles set into the sidewalk. An informative and interactive map of the tour can be found online for those who want to do this by the book. Among the most important building here include:

  • The Royal Presidio Chapel – Oldest building in town; built by the Spanish.
  • Robert Louis Stevenson House – Treasure Island, the novel, was born here.
  • Colton Hall – Monterey’s premier theatre destination since 1850.
  • The Custom House – Oldest government building in California; California State Historic Monument #1.
  • Pacific House – A history museum now, that has since 1847, served as has a military supply storage site, a hotel, a church and a ballroom.

If you can, catch the Monterey History Fest here during October. The whole town goes crazy re-enacting favourite historical moments such as fandangos, pirate activities, military encampments; the California Constitutional Convention, and Sloat’s Landing Ceremony (during which, on July 7th 1846, California was declared a part of the USA).

Make sure to also check out the beautiful gardens such as the Memory (Pacific House Museum); Casa Soberanes garden (corner of Pacific Street and Del Monte Avenue); Stevenson House garden (530 Houston Street); and Larkin House garden (Jefferson St.)

Monterey State Historic Park Opening and Closing Hours

  • Garden hours are 9 am - 5 pm (May-Sept) and 10 am - 4 pm (Oct-April).

How To reach Monterey State Historic Park by Public Transport

  • Buses 1, 22, 55, 69, 70, 75, 76, 78 stop Pacific/Scott

Restaurants Near Monterey State Historic Park

  • Food on Fisherman’s Wharf.

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Monterey State Historic Park, Monterey Reviews - Write a Review

  • Great exhibits in two story museum with highlights of California and Native American history. The garden area with fountain is wonderful! Free entrance but only open between Thursday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm - check website for accurate info.

  • It tells tge history of california and Monterrey.

  • Wonderful tour of old houses and history of California

  • The courtyard out back was great for the wedding reception we had there. Wonderful venue for such an event. Access to restrooms is limited. Not very private since it's in a public square.

  • Awesome place to visit besides the fisherman's wharf with lots of early California history

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