Monterey... a living museum

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’s 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 Jose (Joseph) Benito Rodriguez and Vicente Rodriguez, two (unrelated) partners in La Esperanza Fish Packing Company, for use in La Esperanza's fish salting and sardine pressing operation. Ricketts began using the tanks when he moved to the site in 1928.

Featured News and Events

Final 2018 Colton Hall Evening Music Series Concert on April 11

Listen to the Blue Grass Band at the City Council Chambers, Few Memorial Hall

Enjoy live music performances at 7:00 pm on Wednesday:

April 11 - Blue Grass Band (David Holodiloff)

The concert begins at 7:00 pm. Reservations may be made by phoning 831-646-5640 or email to reserve your seat.

The concert is free and sponsored by the Museums and Cultural Arts Commission.

2018 Schedule for Free Tours of the Pacific Biological Laboratories

Apr 14, May 12, Jun 9, Jul 14, Aug 11, Sep 8, 10/13, 11/10

Make your plans to attend these free tours of Ed Ricketts's Lab. Phone 831-646-5640 to reserve your space for these one hour tours.

Tour times: 9 and 10:30 am, 12:30, 2 and 3:30 pm. Tour capacity: 15 people. The tours start promptly so schedule some time for parking down at Cannery Row and walking to the Lab.