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Butterflies are pretty, buzzing bees make honey, but how many other creatures can you name that pollinate the flowers we admire and the plants we rely on for food? Test your knowledge after visiting the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History's Vanishing Pollinators exhibit, and we bet you'll list caterpillars, katydids, leaf beetles and hummingbird clearwing moths.

The exhibit (through June 4) is on loan from the Smithsonian's National Zoological Garden in Washington, D.C., and presents 34 surprising and colorful photographs taken by Dr. Carll Goodpasture. They serve as a vivid reminder that good, bad or ugly, we rely on bugs to enjoy everything from coffee to melons to chocolate.

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Did You Know?

La Mirada, one of two homes to the Monterey Museum of Art, began as a two-room adobe. Later, the expanded and exquisitely furnished home hosted international and regional celebrities. The gardens recall the charm of early California.


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Monterey County MuseumsThe museums of Monterey County offer the visitor insights into the history and culture of the area. Whether it's painting, sculpture, crafts or photography, local art museums exhibit a variety of colorful and thought-provoking work. Others explore the cultural and natural history of Monterey County through informative and entertaining exhibits.

  • The Monterey Museum of Art has two locations and features regional, California and Asian art and photography, sculpture and folk art. Nationally accredited, the museum has been called "the best small town museum in the United States." It has a lovely satellite gallery near Lake El Estero; La Mirada (pictured above) displays Charlie Russell bronzes, marine art by Armin Hansen, and much more.

  • The $11 million National Steinbeck Center celebrates the life of native son and novelist John Steinbeck with interactive exhibits that invite participation and discovery. In addition to seven themed galleries, the museum features changing art and cultural exhibits. Steinbeck's Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum dramatizes Monterey's colorful past with over 100 life-sized wax figures, animation, sound effects and narration.

  • The museum at the Carmel Mission Basilica gives the visitor a glimpse into California mission life with displays of church vestments and other artifacts from the past.

  • The Pacific Grove Natural History Museum features local wildlife, geology and Native American life as well as changing exhibits on a variety of fascinating topics.

  • The Maritime Museum, located at Custom House Plaza, celebrates the seafaring history of Monterey. Changing special exhibits, historic and naval artifacts, and a two-story 'First Order' fresnel lighthouse lens invite exploration of Monterey's maritime past. There is a 4000-volume research library, and a free history film is shown daily as part of the Path of History Tour. Open Tue-Sun 11am-5pm.

  • Located 30 miles south of Carmel, The Henry Miller Library showcases the books and artwork of Henry Miller and other artists. Located in a small redwood grove, the library also hosts various music, art and literary events. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am to 5pm, and Thursday-Sunday during the winter months.

  • MY (Monterey County Youth) Museum features exhibits to awaken the creativity and sense of discovery in both adults and children.

  • The Agricultural and Rural Life Museum in King City is a walk back in time to a period of blacksmiths and one-room schoolhouses. The blacksmith is still at work and the vintage farmhouse gives visitors a view into how people lived one hundred years ago. Antique mining and farming equipment are on display as well as a tack shop, country store and antique printing press. The barn and outdoor displays are open daily from 10am-4pm all year. The other buildings are open weekends, April-October. Free guided tours help make this an enjoyable and educational experience.


Monterey Museum of Art
559 Pacific St
Monterey, CA 93940
831-372-5477 Fax 831-372-5680

National Steinbeck Center
One Main Street
Salinas, CA
831-796-3833 Fax 831-796-3828

Steinbeck's Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum
700 Cannery Row, Suite 11

The Basilica of Mission San Carlos
Borremeo del Rio Carmelo

3080 Rio Road and Lausen Drive

Pacific Grove Natural History Museum
Corner of Forest and Central
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Thomas Kinkade Museum
590 Calle Principal
Monterey, CA 93940
831-655-1477 Fax 831-655-1479

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Maritime Museum
Custom House Plaza, near Fisherman's Wharf

Henry Miller Library
Big Sur

MY Museum
601 Wave St
Monterey, CA

Agricultural and Rural Life Museum
San Lorenzo Park
King City, CA 93930

The Presidio of Monterey Museum
Cpl. Ewing Road, Building 113
Presidio of Monterey
Monterey, CA 93930