Pacific House Museum
Pacific House Museum
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History museum showing what life was like in Old Monterey more than 150 years ago.
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA2,007 contributions
Sept 2022
I took the short, but very interesting, historical tour from the Custom House and the tour ended here. I then walked around the museum and was surprised at how many interesting exhibits there are. Downstairs is mostly related to early settlers and upstairs to the Native Americans. This is definetly worth a visit and I think kids will find it quite interesting as well. Note: It is free.
Written 25 September 2022
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terry3124
Tucson, AZ73 contributions
Sept 2022
This is an amazing museum that includes the Monterey Museum of the American Indian (which includes an indigenous basket collection on the second floor). There is a continuous showing of a film about CA/Spain/US/American Indian history that i found fascinating (and learnt historical facts that i didn't know). The museum is definitely worth a visit. The staff is informative, and admission is free!
Written 11 September 2022
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vicki
Fresno, CA98 contributions
Sept 2021
we found this little gem from the docent at the monterey custom house museum...otherwise we would have totally missed it...7 year old granddaughter is part native, so finding this was a wonderful teaching moment...through exhibits this museum gives the history of indian traditions to statehood...and luckily has a cute little gift shop...always a plus...the 1.5 hours i gave include the custom house museum...
Written 2 October 2021
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Eddie
4 contributions
May 2021
The museum provides a good overview of the historical trail (or a substitute, if you don't have time to walk the trail).
Written 28 May 2021
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Marlene R
Edmonton, Canada97 contributions
Sept 2019
I enjoyed seeing the various displays and artifacts and learned more about the history of Monterey and California at this museum. It is free admission, so it is an interesting and informative way to learn about the history of this area.
Written 3 October 2019
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flowerlady64
Durham, UK528 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
Excellent museum detailing the history of Monterey and area in an accessible way but the star of the show is the top floor with it's wonderful display of native American artefacts and craft work. They really are stunning examples. Friendly and helpful staff too. So pleased we went and a great end to our stay in lovely Monterey.
Written 31 December 2018
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Sarah S
Sonoma, CA1,040 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
One of the many buildings in historic, downtown Monterey that are part of the state park. The free museum explores the history of Monterey and the founding of California as a state. I found the first half the museum pretty interesting (on the west side) even though it could use an update. Don't miss the language activity where you can hear the local Indigenous language.

The east side of the building has an overview of the many houses in the park, a small exhibit about Californios, too. Upstairs is a Native American museum, however, while the basketry is stellar the majority of the objects on display are not from California.

Seems someone with a fondness of romantic Plains Indians collected most of the objects. Would be nice to see that updated, but, funding rules and there isn't much of it.
Written 20 December 2018
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Daft Life of Adulting
San Jose, CA341 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
Over the years, our idea of a museum has moved towards understanding a time, appreciation of history and objects and understanding. Some of that still is lost in this historic room just filled with stuff. The docents do take an interest in teaching, but they defiantly could use a rethinking of the displays.
Written 14 November 2018
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Reuben M
Concord, Australia585 contributions
Sept 2018 • Couples
We were looking for a bit of history and found the perfect solution in the Pacific House Museum. The young lady hosting the venue was a fountain of knowledge and guided us through what to look for inside. Such an interesting overview of the Mexican/American conflict and presented in such an appealing way. We took our time and learned a lot, this museum filled a few gaps in my understanding of the history of this part of the world. BIG bonus, it was free in the USA!
Written 27 October 2018
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Hull_is_great
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK362 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
Excellent museum with good insight into history of Monterey. Many exhibits and artefacts. Insights into life in the changing culture from Rumisen Native Americans through Spanishish/Mexican and then American periods. Need an hour or more to do it justice.
Written 30 July 2018
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