Monterey Museum of Art
559 Pacific St., Monterey, CA
And in the La Mirada Adobe
At the Monterey Museum of Art you will see California and the Central Coast through the eyes of artists. The museum's exceptional collections, exhibitions, and educational programs reflect the unique cultural heritage of the region and its distinctive influence within the cultural community.
Monterey County Youth Museum
601 Wave St., Monterey, CA
Located on the world famous Cannery Row, the Monterey County Youth Museum provides an environment unique to any other in Monterey County. This 2,700 square foot museum is packed with a variety of hands on exhibits, making each visit unique and exciting. Kids and adults can discover how they learn best through a variety of interactive exhibits. Exhibit areas include sound experiment, dramatic interaction, a creation station, MY Body, and a kids-only kitchen.
National Steinbeck Center
1 Main St., Salinas, CA
Visit the National Steinbeck Center to experience a journey through John Steinbeck's world, where literature jumps off the printed page and into your imagination. Seven themed theaters showcase East of Eden, Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath and much more.
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
165 Forest Ave. , Pacific Grove, CA
The Museum has permanent exhibits which interpret the native plants, animals, geology, and aboriginal populations of Monterey County. The Museum also displays a variety of special temporary exhibits throughout the year. These exhibits remain on display for two to six months, though the annual Wildflower Show is displayed for only a single weekend. A special "kid's corner" allows kids to touch baleen, pet a bobcat and quiz themselves on local animals. Admission free.
Point Pinos Lighthouse
End of Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, CA
Point Pinos is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast. Since February 1, 1855, its beacon has flashed nightly as a guide and warning to ships off the rocky California coast. On those especially foggy days for which this rocky coast is known, the lighthouse horn bellows its non-stop warning to mariners out on the bay. Call for a tour.