Monterey Martime Museum
5 Custom House Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
||Across from Fisherman's Wharf in Downtown Monterey Tuesday - Sunday 10 - 5 | Admission is Free!
The Maritime Museum of Monterey can trace its origins as far back as 1931, when Amelie Elkinton, then curator of Montereyâ€™s old Mexican-era Custom House, dreamed of a waterfront maritime museum. The Monterey History & Art Association first began its own quest for a waterfront museum in 1966. But the need became more pressing in 1970, when Adele Knight, widow of MHAA member and former Association president Allen Knight, donated her late husbandâ€™s extensive maritime collection to the Association. Click here to learn more about the Knight Collection.
The first Maritime Museum of Monterey opened in 1971 as the Allen Knight Maritime Museum, housed in the basement of the Monterey Museum of Art on Calle Principle. After extensive planning and fundraising, the new Maritime Museum of Monterey and History Center opened its doors on October 31, 1992.
Today the Maritime Museum holds almost 6000 artifacts, over 50,000 photographs, and papers in the collection. The 580 glass prisms of the historic Fresnel lens from the Point Sur Lightstation illuminate the Maritime Museum and its seven exhibit areas, from the Rumsien/Ohlone Indians and Spanish explorers, to the USS Macon and war in the Pacific, to Montereyâ€™s era as the sardine capital of the world.