We are pleased to offer free one-hour tours of the Pacific Biological Laboratories (Ed Ricketts’ Lab) at 800 Cannery Row. Tours will be held once a month on a Saturday at 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm.
Lab Docents will tell the history of marine biologist Ed Ricketts, his friendship and collaboration with John Steinbeck, and of the "PBL Members" who bought the Lab in the mid-1950s and who were instrumental in the founding of the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Tours also feature a scale model of the Lab in the 1940s, created by Bill Johnk. In addition to the tours, there will be opportunities for visitors to purchase a copy of a special photo-bookplated edition of "Cannery Row", “The Long Valley” and "Log from the Sea of Cortez”, plus copies of “Cannery Row: The History of John Steinbeck’s Old Ocean View Avenue” by Michael Hemp, and “Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage”, and “A Journey into Steinbeck’s California” by noted Steinbeck scholar Dr. Susan Shillinglaw. With the purchase of a book and a minimum $ 5.00 donation, visitors will receive a tax-deductible donation receipt. Free, light refreshments will also be served.
Reservations for these popular tours are limited and may be made by contacting the Colton Hall Museum at 831-646-5640. Please provide the following two items for your reservation: your name and phone number. Reservations must be made by 4:00 pm the Friday before the tour. Please arrive at the Lab 10 minutes prior to the scheduled tour to confirm your reservation. Contact the Museum (646-5640) in advance if you cannot attend the tour. The City of Monterey is committed to include the disabled in all of its services, programs and activities. If you require a hearing amplification device to attend an event, dial 711 to use CRS to talk to the City Museums Division Office at (831) 646-5648 to coordinate use of a device or for information.