Explore Historic Monterey


The Explore Historic Monterey cell phone tours and brochure were made possible by a Preserve America grant from the National Park Service.

Preserving History

Restored Pacific Biological Laboratories specimen tanks

Ed Ricketts’ Marine Specimen Tanks, 1928-1948

In October 2010, as part of a grant awarded to the City of Monterey by the Community Foundation for Monterey County, conservators stabilized and protected the concrete specimen tanks located in back of the Pacific Biological Laboratories building. Marine biologist Ed Ricketts used the tanks to store marine specimens for his research and in preparation for shipment to schools, universities and museums. The tanks were originally built by Vicente Rodriguez, the previous owner of the Lab site, who used them for his fish salting and sardine pressing operation. Ricketts began using the tanks when he moved to the site in 1928.

Featured News and Events

9th Annual Fort Mervine Civil War Encampment, October 3-4, 10 am - 4 pm

The Lower Presidio Historic Park (76th Artillery & Pvt. Bolio Streets off Pacific Street) is transformed to a living history civil war encampment Watch horse-drawn artillery and cannon and musket firing demonstrations at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm.

California Constitutional Convention Reenactment, Sunday, October 4, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

House of the Four Winds, 540 Calle Principal, Monterey

Watch history in the making with local actors portraying the California delegates as they collaborated to create California's landmark constitution on 1849. Seating is limited so call 831-646-5640 to reserve your seat!

Free Walking Tours at Lower Presidio Historic Park

October 3, 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm

Museums, Cultural Arts and Archives Manager Dennis Copeland will lead these tours. Meet up at the Presidio of Monterey Museum, Lower Presidio Historic Park, 76th Artillery and Pvt. Bolio Streets. Call 831-646-5640 to reserve your space on the tour!

Free Van Tour to Upper Presidio, Saturday, October 3, 9:00 am

Meet up at the Presidio of Monterey Museum, Lower Presidio Historic Park

Defense Language Institute's Deputy Historian Cameron Binkley will lead the tour. Reserve your space on the "BUS" to tour the Upper Presidio. Phone 831-646-5640 .

History Fest, October 3 - 4, 2015

Monterey hosts its annual "history open house" this weekend!

October 3 & 4 is Monterey’s annual “history open house” or History Fest, a celebration of our local culture and heritage. The weekend is full of activities designed for discovering Monterey’s local history!

Visit historic buildings and sites; meet cultural groups from throughout Monterey County and learn about what they do to support the culture and heritage of the county; take a guided tour to some of the California’s most historic places; attend a lecture and presentation about the re-creation of Cabrillo’s ship that will visit Monterey during History Fest next year; attend a re-enactment of California’s first Constitutional Convention; visit a Civil War encampment with cannon firing demonstrations and a horse drawn ambulance; see special exhibitions in historic buildings; watch and participate in a Bocce Ball tournament, or play hopscotch; enjoy a meal with a discount at participating restaurants throughout Historic Monterey.

History Fest is celebrated throughout Monterey from the Custom House Plaza, Fisherman’s Wharf, to Colton Hall, Lower Presidio Historic Park, to Cannery Row. All activities are FREE to the public.
For More Information visit the Historic Monterey website under "Events."