History

HistoryMonterey’s rich history can be explored through an assortment of museums, preserved buildings, events and walking tours either with expert guides or on your own. Whether you are a serious researcher, a student or a family curious to absorb the areas captivating past, Monterey has all the resources to meet your needs and interests.

There are many museums to choose from and you can begin at any point along Monterey’s Path of History. Pacific House on the Custom House Plaza offers exhibitions beginning with the Native American village life and continues up to the days when the city served as the capital of Spanish and Mexican California. Pacific House serves as the center of Monterey State Historic Park and a great starting point along the Path of History. Across the plaza is the Museum of Monterey-Stanton Center presenting the regions connection to life on the ocean and changing exhibitions and then experience the Custom House where you can see a typical day’s goods brought from ports around the world awaiting inspection in the 1840’s.

The Path of History winds its way through historic Monterey, marked by gold and brown ceramic dots in the sidewalks and accompanied by a map which can be picked up at all of the historic sites along the way from downtown to the Presidio of Monterey Museum. Don’t miss Colton Hall, the site of California’s first Constitutional Convention, admire dozens of restored and preserved buildings and sites along-the-way.

For those who are more curious about California and Monterey’s past visit the City of Monterey’s website for more information and links to the California History Room offering an extensive history collection and the Cemetery Historic Tour to learn about many of Monterey’s notable passed residents.