Museum Of Monterey, Monterey
Museum Of Monterey, Monterey - Address, Phone Number
Address: 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940, United States
Timings: 11:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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About Museum Of Monterey, Monterey
Opened in 1992, this delightfully free attraction has thousands of Monterey related artefacts. It’s all about seeing the history of the city through the lens of it’s relationship with the bay. This cannot be helped, especially as its collections were started off the sailor Allen Kinight in the early 20th century. The exhibits are spread out over three floors: The ground floor has a fantastic photo collection from South America; the first floor has beautiful photos of whales (life-size); and the dazzling third floor has a permanent exhibit on the history of the area. This covers the early Spanish exploration, the rise and fall of the sardine fishing industry and Cannery Row, model ships, decorative pieces from Monterey’s earliest families and some early Californian art. There are also other historical objects specific to Monterey.
Museum Of Monterey Ticket Prices
- Entry is Free.
How To reach Museum Of Monterey by Public Transport
- Buses 1, 22, 55, 69, 70, 75, 76, 78 stop Pacific / Scott
Restaurants Near Museum Of Monterey
- Crepes of Brittany
- Restaurants on Fisherman’s Wharf
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Loved it, been twice and will get membership so I can save money! Dali is so inspiring. Feel so blessed that we have his wonderful works available any time to view. He was a genius!
I was pleasantly surprised to find this museum. I've been to the Dali Museum in Paris as well. The art here is mostly not the big well known pieces like they have in Paris, that makes this exhibit interesting. Much of what they had was unknown to me. The biggest shortcoming was the restroom. It was outside of, but adjacent to, the museum. And FILTHY! I'm not sqeemish, but I do think a business should take some responsibility for the restroom they rely on for the comfort of their customers. I couldn't use it. It smelled and had obviously not been cleaned.
This is gallery is worth visiting if you are in the area but its not worth visiting specifically if you live any distance away. The gallery is laid out in an odd way. Partially because of the space it resides it but it also its just laid out more like a commercial gallery than a museum exhibit. The art is crammed wall to wall frame to frame. Its great they have so many works on display but this isn't really the best or most modern way to display art since its kind of overwhelming. Especially given the content and style in this case. Almost all the art was framed in large gaudy gold frames the kind that can be found in your average art store and it distracts from the art itself. Ignoring all that their is a great collection of many of Dali's less typical works mostly from his time in Monterrey. They are great to see but almost all of them are prints. Overall its worth visiting and there are a lot of other sites in the area, so if you happen to be nearby its worth a stop.
The big surprise was learning that Dali lived and worked in Monterey for the better part of the 1940s. Apparently, he was very involved in the local art scene, including helping to "jury competitive art exhibitions for high school students." But don't come expecting to see his better known works; this collection highlights lesser known projects, the work he did here, and his connection to the area. And, frankly, it looks like the entire collection is on display, the frames are laid out with very little space between them and they cover all of the wall space, and here is also not a lot of exposition, explaining the difference between one set of images and the next, so the visual experience can be quite overwhelming. It's a lot to take in. But just knowing that a local resouces like this exists makes me want to learn more about Dali and his work. The staff person who sold tickets was very helpful and very nice.
I guess if you are artsy fartsy you would love Dali's art. But for the average observer, there is only so much abstract genitalia one person can stand to look at. It is great that that it has all of Dali's art in one place and I did like his Israel pieces, but personally I'm not a fan of Dali's style.