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Museum of Monterey

Follow the story of this fascinating area from the first inhabitants 6000 years ago, to the days of Cannery Row and beyond.

The Museum of Monterey opened almost a century ago as a collection of model ships and maritime artifacts collected by one-time sailor Allen Knight. Today's museum maintains a strong emphasis on maritime history and the town’s links with the ocean. 

The story of Monterey’s past is told through thousands of local artifacts, photographs, papers and costumes. There’s also a collection of paintings and sculptures from local artists, both past and contemporary, including works by local sculptor Jo Mora, who is known for the impressive Miguel Cervantes Memorial in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. 

Learn about the lives of the Rumsien and Ohlone Native American tribes, who first settled this area, and the coming of the Spanish explorers and missionaries who would change life here forever. There’s an interesting and extensive collection of scale-model boats and ships to explore. See the models of early Spanish and English merchant ships, as well as 20th-century U.S. naval vessels. There’s also a sardine fishing boat from when Monterey was considered the “sardine capital of the world.” 

For a glimpse of how American fashion has changed since the mid-19th-century, slip into the costume collection, which features early fishing costumes and immigrant attire. The array of early to mid-20th-century hats is particularly impressive. 

Head to the Casa Serano Adobe to admire the decorative arts and crafts of Monterey’s first families, including locally made Civil War–era furniture. 

The Museum of Monterey is located on the waterfront at Customs House Plaza in downtown Monterey. It’s open every day except Mondays in Summer, and Mondays and Tuesdays in winter. Entry is free during specified hours on the first Wednesday of every month. Check the museum’s website for the hours and for a schedule of events, talks and films.


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Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

700 Munras Ave, Monterey
4.1
of 5, from 1,915 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This downtown Monterey property is a half-mile from Monterey State Beach and within a mile of Monterey Fisherman's Wharf.

$169
Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

Two Portola Plaza, Monterey
4.2
of 5, from 3,123 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Just 200 yards from Fisherman's Wharf, this resort borders Custom House Plaza, with the beach and sparkling bay just beyond; Cannery Row and the aquarium are a short walk away.

$99
Colton Inn

Colton Inn

707 Pacific Street, Monterey
4.0
of 5, from 1,591 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Monterey, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Monterey Museum of Art, Fisherman's Wharf, and Maritime Museum. Monterey Bay Aquarium and Dennis the Menace Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$118
The Monterey Hotel

The Monterey Hotel

407 Calle Principal, Monterey
3.9
of 5, from 1,600 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Monterey, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Golden State Theatre and Maritime Museum. Fisherman's Wharf and Dennis the Menace Park are also within 15 minutes.

$179
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

400 Cannery Row, Monterey
4.6
of 5, from 2,175 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa sits right on the bay in the center of town, a 15-minute walk from Fisherman’s Wharf and 2.5 miles (4 km) from Point Pinos Lighthouse. Carmel, Pebble Beach, and 17-Mile Drive are within a 20-minute drive, and golfers can choose from over 20 courses in the county.

$169
Monterey Bay Inn

Monterey Bay Inn

242 Cannery Row, Monterey
4.6
of 5, from 1,014 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Anchoring the quiet end of Cannery Row, this waterfront boutique hotel is perched above Monterey Bay, with Fisherman's Wharf a quarter-mile away, A Taste of Monterey winery a half-mile away, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium within a half-mile.

$62
Stargazer Inn and Suites

Stargazer Inn and Suites

1046 Munras Ave, Monterey
3.7
of 5, from 1,206 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This Monterey motel is about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from Fisherman's Wharf, 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from Cannery Row, and 2.3 miles (3.7 kilometers) from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Del Monte Shopping Center is 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) away.

$170
Hotel Pacific

Hotel Pacific

300 Pacific St, Monterey
4.0 out of 5.0

Set on Monterey's "Path of History," this stylish inn is 2 blocks from Fisherman's Wharf, a half-mile from downtown and Cannery Row, and 1 mile from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.