The Maritime Museum of Monterey has a collection of almost 6,000 artifacts, over 50,000 photographs, and 6,000 books and papers. 580 glass prisms make up the historic Fresnel lens of the Point Sur Lightstation and illuminate the Maritime Museum and its seven exhibit areas. The museum features exhibits on various aspects of Monterey history, from the Rumsien/Ohlone Indians and Spanish explorers, to the USS Macon and war in the Pacific, to Monterey’s era as the sardine capital of the world.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
BeachExpert Rating 3.0 out of 5
BeachExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The museum is open daily except Wednesdays, but check the website ( for updated hours during your visit to Monterey.
  • The museum is located on the waterfront, at Custom House Plaza. Check out the Fresnel lens (originally from the Point Sur Lightstation) to see how all those California coast lighthouses were able to get their beams so far out to sea to keep ships and crews safe.

5 Custom House Plaza
Monterey, California 93940
Parking: Daily, except Mondays and holidays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 831-372-2608
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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