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Monterey Museum of Art - Pacific Street

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Address: 559 Pacific St, Monterey, CA 93940-2805
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+1 831-372-5477
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Thu 11:00 - 20:00
Fri - Mon 11:00 - 17:00
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The Monterey Museum of Art has two locations. At MMA Pacific Street, 559...

The Monterey Museum of Art has two locations. At MMA Pacific Street, 559 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940, masterpieces of early California painting and photography including works by Ansel Adams and Edward Weston are showcased in this downtown landmark. Family-friendly with activities for children.At MMA La Mirada, 720 Via Mirada, Monterey, CA 93940, contemporary galleries of exhibitions of work by the greatest artists of the twentieth century and most exciting artists of today complement the old-world elegance and lavish rose gardens of the historic La Mirada estate. See the house where Hollywood celebrities where entertained in the silent film era and Richard Burton and Elizabeth stayed while filming The Sandpiper in the early 1960s.

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Museum was near the Marriott Hotel so I walked over. It is across the street from the very lovely city hall. The museum is small but with an interesting standing collection... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 October 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

You can enter an auction for miniature paintings by local artists at the end of the year. You buy tickets and put them in the box for the artwork that you like. I won one and they sent it to me for $12. It's a painting by a nationally known artist.

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Everett, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

The museum's use of a former estate offers a variety of paintings and artworks, some displayed as part of the original owners' collection. The newer galleries offer more current artists' installations. A nonstop video of the artist setting up his work was included at an art station for kids and adults, inspired by what they just saw. Having a very... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2013

Small show of central California landscapes, very beautiful. Photos of Monterey adobes. Mid-century Japanese prints. The real surprise was at the La Mirada Annex at the Community College--a wonderful old house and a terrific gallery addition. Great architecture. The Andrew Schoultz show of murals and paintings was breathtaking.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

Museum was near the Marriott Hotel so I walked over. It is across the street from the very lovely city hall. The museum is small but with an interesting standing collection. There was a contest on that day and I won a very lovely coffee table book and everyone was very nice and informational. A great way to kill an... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

I really enjoyed this museum. It has two locations, where you can enter both locations with the same admission ticket. The collection is not too large but you can easily spend an hour or two in each location. They had some Japanese artist display with salt, it was amazing.

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Fairfax, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2013

While we didn't go here this trip, I love the horse mural outside. It is at least two stories high and really catches the eye. next time we will visit the museum :) Drive by to check it out.

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Monterey, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

Viewing the floor work of art is a joy in itself. Seeing the young artists downstairs trying to duplicate some portion of it is even more joyous. The exhibit will remain until August 25. This museum has only increased in the quality and extent of its' offerings in the last few years. If you are a local, watch for "free"... More 

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Castro Valley, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2013

This small museum has a wide variety of permanent works as well as rotating exhibits. While we were in Monterey, we visited it for the first time. It is well appointed. They had a good show of Matisse's works as well as a nice showing of Van Hoesen's pieces which we thoroughly enjoyed. They also have a few sculptures by... More 

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Carmel, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2013

What a great small art museum with a significant collection of early California painters, many of whom had called Monterey home at some point in their lives.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2013

Well worth the visit. Very comfortable and attractive building; friendly staff. Surprising display of the work of Henri Matisse. Display of the work of Johnny Apodaca, some of whose work reminds me of Gregory Kondos and Wayne Thiebaud. Nice and thorough display of the work of Beth Van Hoesen (etchings and drawings), which I especially liked.

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