Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey

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The Monterey Museum of Art (MMA) an art museum located in Monterey, California. It was founded in 1959 as a chapter of the American Federation of Arts. The Monterey Museum of Art collects, preserves, and interprets the art of California from the nineteenth century to the present day. Notable holdings celebrate the heritage of Northern and Central California, and especially for early California images from the Carmel Art Colony.

The museum operates two facilities, one at 559 Pacific Street and the other at 720 Via Mirada (La Mirada). The Pacific Street location has eight galleries and houses the administrative and curatorial offices, and the Buck Education Center consisting of classrooms, a library and the Youth Gallery. In 1983, the Monterey Museum of Art acquired the historic estate of La Mirada, whose history reflects the heritage of the Monterey area. La Mirada was expanded with modern galleries and is used to present traveling exhibitions from other institutions, highlights of the museum’s permanent collection that include masters of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and significant emerging artists of today such as Ingrid Calame.
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  • Top notch museum with a unique mix of new and old. Upon entering the staff person gave us a complete rundown of what we were to see which enhanced the visit tremendously. Enjoyed the Old California...  more »
  • Recently visited the Monterey Museum of Art and were very pleasantly surprised! The exhibitions were of a very high quality and the design of these exhibitions was particularly fine. Enjoyed the...  more »
  • Three generations of our family visited the museum and we all found it well worth the time. The exhibits were quite varied, of high quality, and employed a number of media--not just painting. It's.....  more »
  • The museum was great overall. But I must say in the process of doing my civic duty and picking up some recyclable goods outside some hoodlums had left I was yelled at by the curator. Turns out what I was cleaning up was intended to be art. Either modern art has become an inside joke or maybe the "curator" was just one of the many homeless / schizophrenic population that hangs out here .
  • Lovely little museum with ever-changing exhibitions of more-modern-era art forms, mostly from California artists, and mostly paintings. The front room functions as a gallery for regional artists’ pieces.
  • Small quiet and gallery-like Art museum. Staff is very friendly. ~45min
  • Wonderful, albeit small, show in the Marble gallery of Californian women artists. The E. Charlton Fortune paintings were worth the admission price alone. Seeing the amazing Ritschels up close was a great experience. Unfortunately much of the space in the museum was dedicated to a terrible show of David Hockney prints from images done on an Ipad (no, really). For those of us who only get to Monterey only so often, it would be terrific to be able to see more of the museum's fantastic collection of local painters on a regular basis. The area has such an incredible artistic history.
  • A wonderful stop in Monterray. The Dali exhibit was wonderful and they had a music/ paint night in the lobby. Lots of different events hosted at this place. My favorite spot to wonder about while soaking up the selection of art. Will return again

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