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Located close to Monterey Docks, California's First Theatre was built in the mid-19th century by an English sailor named Jack Swan. To transform it into a theater, Swan built a stage and fixed several benches, curtains and lamps. After running many theatrical plays and musicals here, this old adobe structure was used to accommodate traveling sailors. Currently this historic theater is open to visitors only during Christmas.
Irvine Auditorium is on the campus ground of Monterey Institute of International Studies. It has been a home to all the university activities and additionally guest presentations, international seminars are also held here. The auditorium has in built interpretation booths for multilingual seminars. Contact the university to know more about upcoming events and seminars.
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.
Way back in 1849, when Monterey was the first capital of California, this white stone building was used as a place to hold town meetings. It was also a public school, and later a jail was added to the building. The very first Constitution for California was drafted here. Now the place serves as a museum to educate visitors about Monterey's past. Admission is free, so come spend an afternoon and take in the history.