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California Grizzly Bear sculpture on Colton Hall lawn

Everywhere you look in Monterey there are remnants of other times and other lives, from the Spanish influence of the City's founders to the sardine canneries of the fishing era. History is part of our daily routine: we do business and work in historic buildings and stroll along historic walkways.

Monterey also is home to a wide variety of public art - paintings, sculptures, photographs and murals. One example is the sculpture of The Grizzly, which represents the grizzly bears that once called the Monterey hills home. Our grizzly and her cubs are on display on the front lawn of Colton Hall, where the California Constitution was signed in 1849. To discover more about the history and art that make Monterey special, visit the links below.