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Best Free Museums in Monterey

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Monterey State Historic Park

A striking ensemble of time-honored landmarks comprise the Monterey State Historic Park. You can tour numerous historic period homes that date back to the 1800s as well as early adobe buildings. Each house has been restored to its original condition and is decorated with authentic antiques to match. There are also gardens you can explore. Come experience a piece of regional history and culture. Admission to the park is free.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

This museum displays and documents the natural history of beautiful Monterey County. The bulk of its exhibits showcase the native geology, aboriginal populations, plants, and animals of the region. In addition to permanent exhibits, the museum also hosts special events including a celebrated annual Wildflower Show. After a trip to the museum, check out another local attraction, the Point Pinos Lighthouse. Admission is free to both places.

Pacific Grove, CA, United States
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Point Pinos Lighthouse

This lighthouse, located in Monterey County, has been operating since 1855, making it the oldest operating one on the West Coast. Aside from its rich history, it offers spectacular views from its vantage point. The trek to get there is lovely, and offers stunning views of the surrounding scenery, making it well worth the effort.

Pacific Grove, CA, United States
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