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An Oasis of Information in a Sea of Sales

The Custom House is a must see for the entire family. The building is part of the California Dept... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2018
Easthampton MA
Kids and perfume bottles

Before exploring the adjacent Fisherman's Wharf, we stopped by this Mexico-built structure that... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2017
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18 Oct 2018
“An Oasis of Information in a Sea of Sales”
16 Oct 2018
“Small Museum with not too much to see”
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Monterey State Historic Park, 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA, CA 93940
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Reviewed 18 October 2018

The Custom House is a must see for the entire family. The building is part of the California Dept of Parks and Recreation. The building (all two stories) is filled with historical information in a clear and simple format. It is a great place to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 16 October 2018

Compared to the nearby Colton House this is a bit disappointing. Only two or three rooms and many items are "modern representations". Probably a good place - for a school history trip?

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank BobandJosie
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The Custom House is part of the Monterey State Historic Park. The Custom House was built when this part of California was still part of Mexico. The building and exhibits here are beautiful restored and the staff are outstanding. Anyone who appreciates California history will...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

Before exploring the adjacent Fisherman's Wharf, we stopped by this Mexico-built structure that dates from the early 1800s. The long low building is simple and rustically elegant. A large group of children had taken over the museum for an instructional class so we worked our...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Taughboyne
Reviewed 6 February 2017

On a late morning stroll, We visited the old Custom House, the main point of entry to go through customs in early California. It’s simple in its structure and presentation. What make it important is its history. A California Parks represented the site adequately, answering...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Tommy M
Reviewed 8 January 2017

There is always something to do and to see at the Custom House. From International Food Festivals, to elegant car shows to concerts! Visit the tourist center on your way to Monterey to see what's goin on and enjoy!

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank MSevle
Reviewed 2 September 2016

This is California's first historic landmark and with good reason, as it was here that on July 7, 1846 California effectively became part of the United States when the US flag was raised at this exact location by John Drake Sloat. Don't miss the small...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Reviewed 27 July 2016

Once upon a time, while Spain and Mexico still controlled this part of California, this was where the passing ships were required to stop and pay (or give supplies and merchandise to) the local administrators. Amazingly, it has endured over time.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank on_the_go_98765
Reviewed 5 June 2016

This is the first view you come to as you leave Old Fisherman`s Pier. It dates back to the 1700`s and was the main customs house on the coast of California during the time of the Spanish. There are about four building that go through...More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank travelfan31
Reviewed 16 March 2016

The Custom House area is fun to visit for everyone. Visit the great shops, the Museum of Monterey, see the marina and wildlife or take a whale watching boat trip, there all available. The Plaza has all kinds of shows and events through out the...More

Date of experience: February 2016
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