Monterey Museums & History

Monterey Museums & HistoryDiscover Monterey's rich legacy of California history as you explore some of our favorite museums in the city. Through the exhibits at these museums, you'll learn about ocean wonders, see famed works of art, learn the city's history, exercise imagination, and plenty more.

Museum of Monterey
Explore the deep-blue sea at the Museum of Monterey. Called MOM for short, the museum tells the history of Monterey and the surrounding area through its connection to the sea. Dive into exhibits that use art, history, and innovation to expose the facts, bust the myths and paint the picture about marine life.

Address: 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940 - MAP
Phone: (831) 372-2608

Monterey Museum of Art
View works of art by artists who flocked to Monterey in the late 19th century, known as the Monterey Peninsula Art Colony. Their works of art make up the heart and soul of permanent collections found at the Monterey Museum of Art, along with many other highly acclaimed artworks on display.

Address: 559 Pacific St., Monterey, CA 93940 - MAP
Phone: (831) 372-5477

My Museum
You´re never too big to be a kid at My Museum. This kid-friendly museum encourages children and parents to play and learn through interactive exhibits like My Day at the Beach, My ImagiTree, My Hospital, and My Theater. Get ready to play pretend for hours of imaginative fun!

Address: 425 Washington St., Monterey, CA 93933 - MAP
Phone: (831) 649-6444

The Basilica of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission
Enjoy meditating at The Basilica of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission. The peaceful and serene mission is an authentic, restored Franciscan mission that features a courtyard, glorious gardens, and four museum galleries that travel through the history of the Monterey Peninsula. This mission museum also provides insight to other California missions.

Address: 3080 Rio Rd., Carmel, CA 93923 - MAP
Phone: (831) 624-1271

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Discover a living museum at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, showcasing the wonders of the open sea. This underwater aquarium adventure features gallons of exhibits that are swimming with glittering schools of fish, sea turtles, seahorses, giant octopi, great white sharks, sword fish, monkey-face eels and more.

Address: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940 - MAP
Phone: (831) 648-4800

Presidio of Monterey Museum
Step back into time at the Presidio of Monterey Museum. The museum leads visitors through the Presidio, a military training base development highlighting the history of the area, from the native indigenous period, to the Spanish and Mexican periods and present day. Exhibits showcase a life-size horse, a lieutenant officer's uniform, artifacts and more.

Address: 570 Pacific St., Monterey, CA 93940 - MAP
Phone: (831) 646-3456