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75 TREASURES FOR MHAA

The Monterey History & Art Association was founded 75 years ago, when a group of concerned Montereyans came together to preserve their city's historic buildings.

They also helped to preserve a fascinating array of objects, artifacts, clothing and artworks - much of it pertaining to the history of Monterey and its neighboring communities. Even when the collections were related to the city only by virtue of their owner's home address, the accumulated treasures are fascinating.

Check out 75 of the most unusual or intriguing items at the Maritime Museum of Monterey during the anniversary exhibit there, January 28 through December 31, 2006. Call 831-372-2608 for details.



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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Maritime Museum of MontereyThe 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 of Monterey, 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 also a 4000-volume research library. 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.




Museums  

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

National Steinbeck Center
One Main Street
Salinas, CA
831-796-3833 Fax 831-796-3828
www.steinbeck.org

Steinbeck's Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum
700 Cannery Row, Suite 11
Monterey
831-375-1010

The Basilica of Mission San Carlos
Borremeo del Rio Carmelo

3080 Rio Road and Lausen Drive
831-624-1271 www.carmelmission.org

Pacific Grove Natural History Museum
Corner of Forest and Central
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
831-648-3116
www.pgmuseum.org

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

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Maritime Museum
Custom House Plaza, near Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey
831-372-2608 www.montereyhistory.org

Henry Miller Library
Big Sur
831-667-2574
www.henrymiller.org

MY Museum
601 Wave St
Monterey, CA
831-649-6444
www.mymuseum.org

Agricultural and Rural Life Museum
San Lorenzo Park
King City, CA 93930
831-385-1484
www.mcarlm.org

The Presidio of Monterey Museum
Cpl. Ewing Road, Building 113
Presidio of Monterey
Monterey, CA 93930
831-646-3456
www.monterey.org/museum/pom