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

Simple Strokes of Inspiration, Watercolors by Tamara Selyangina

Exhibit on display at Alvarado Gallery October 24, 2014 through January 12, 2015

The City of Monterey, Colton Hall Museum and Cultural Arts Commission, and the Monterey Conference Center are pleased to announce the current Alvarado Gallery exhibit: Simple Strokes of Inspiration, Watercolors by Tamara Selyangina.  Russian by origin, Tamara grew up in the Eastern Siberia. Prior to moving to California, Tamara and her husband Peter lived in Europe for almost ten years where her travels inspired her to paint with watercolor. 

Tamara started exhibiting publicly in 2009, a couple of years after she moved to Monterey.  The fresh subject matter in Monterey County contributes to her inexhaustible excitement and enthusiasm for painting.  She is inspired by the beauty of the Monterey Peninsula and is compelled to try to recreate it in her paintings with her impressionistic style. 

 This exhibit offers a mixture of landscapes and street scenes.  Her work can be viewed online at:

The exhibit will be on display October 24 through January 12, 2015 in the Alvarado Gallery, located at the Monterey Conference Center, One Portola Plaza.