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Best things to do in Monterey

Science Museum
“The museum feels like a "step-back" in time. Be sure to take your children to see what museums were like in the last century. They will discover all about the local bird and fish population. Very friendly curators are very helpful. ”
18 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Museum featuring American & early California painting, plus photography & contemporary art. ”
8 locals recommend
Museum
“Original artwork by Salvador Dali - the ONLY permanent collection of some of his works in the U.S. An amazing collection! A must-see for any art fan.”
9 locals recommend
Museum
“MyMuseum is a wonderful place to take children of all ages! It is a place for children to get a hands-on learning and exploring experience without taking a big chunk out of your wallet.”
6 locals recommend
History Museum
“Monterey was the first capital of California. Old Monterey is full of early California history and architecture.”
7 locals recommend
Museum
“Most people don't know that the Monterey Museum of Art has this branch. It has awesome rose and rhododendron gardens. It used to be a private residence but the owners donated it to the local art museum. My wife and I were married here in 2013 and it doesn't get much traffic. You'll probably have the place to yourself!”
6 locals recommend
Library
“Library with a wide selection of DVDs you can check out....of course, books too! You will need to be California resident in order to get a library card at Pacific Grove”
6 locals recommend
Library
“A great public library. Ask at the reference desk for a guest pass that will get you one hour of Internet access. Many children's programs. Check their website for schedules.”
3 locals recommend
Museum
“PBL was a biological supply house that sold preserved animals and prepared specimen microscope slides, many of which were of maritime aquatic species, to schools, museums, and research institutions. The building, activities, and business were fictionalized as "Western Biological Laboratory" by John Steinbeck in his novel Cannery Row, as was a character based on one of its founders, Ed Ricketts. Museums throughout the United States contain specimens collected by Doc Ricketts, including the Field Museum in Chicago, the Smithsonian Institution, the California Academy of Sciences, the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University and the Museum of ”
2 locals recommend
Museum
1 local recommends
Museum
“The First Theater in all of California! built in 1847. Part of the Historic walk, my favorite”
1 local recommends
Science Museum
1 local recommends