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“Nice Surprise!”

Monterey Museum of Art – Pacific Street
Ranked #27 of 105 things to do in Monterey
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Owner description: The Monterey Museum of Art has two locations. At MMA Pacific Street, 559 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940, masterpieces of early California painting and photography including works by Ansel Adams and Edward Weston are showcased in this downtown landmark. Family-friendly with activities for children.At MMA La Mirada, 720 Via Mirada, Monterey, CA 93940, contemporary galleries of exhibitions of work by the greatest artists of the twentieth century and most exciting artists of today complement the old-world elegance and lavish rose gardens of the historic La Mirada estate. See the house where Hollywood celebrities where entertained in the silent film era and Richard Burton and Elizabeth stayed while filming The Sandpiper in the early 1960s.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
142 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Nice Surprise!”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Museum was near the Marriott Hotel so I walked over. It is across the street from the very lovely city hall. The museum is small but with an interesting standing collection. There was a contest on that day and I won a very lovely coffee table book and everyone was very nice and informational. A great way to kill an afternoon and nice neighborhood too! The bus stops there too!

Visited December 2012
1 Thank karenrose314
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Newport Beach, California
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2013

I really enjoyed this museum. It has two locations, where you can enter both locations with the same admission ticket. The collection is not too large but you can easily spend an hour or two in each location. They had some Japanese artist display with salt, it was amazing.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Franky M
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San Rafael, California
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great outside mural”
Reviewed 6 August 2013

While we didn't go here this trip, I love the horse mural outside. It is at least two stories high and really catches the eye. next time we will visit the museum :) Drive by to check it out.

Visited August 2013
Thank Angela1212
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Monterey, California
Level 6 Contributor
357 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“New Salt exhibit by young Japanese artist---a must see”
Reviewed 1 July 2013

Viewing the floor work of art is a joy in itself. Seeing the young artists downstairs trying to duplicate some portion of it is even more joyous. The exhibit will remain until August 25.

This museum has only increased in the quality and extent of its' offerings in the last few years. If you are a local, watch for "free" days. If you are visiting, paying the small fee is still worthwhile, especially when you go upstairs to see the Old California paintings of the area.

It is downtown Monterey, located in a former funeral home whose chapel has been turned into the main gallery. Just down the street from the Larkin House and gardens.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank mmoly
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Castro Valley, CA
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Broad scope...”
Reviewed 17 May 2013

This small museum has a wide variety of permanent works as well as rotating exhibits. While we were in Monterey, we visited it for the first time. It is well appointed. They had a good show of Matisse's works as well as a nice showing of Van Hoesen's pieces which we thoroughly enjoyed. They also have a few sculptures by Remington and Russell. Their associated museum...the Monterey Art Museum at La Mirada is also excellent and has some great history and lovely gardens...see them both!

Visited May 2013
2 Thank Jennifer P
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