Museum of Monterey
History and museums
The Museum of Monterey - Stanton Center, also known as the Monterey History & Maritime Museum, tells the history of Monterey and the surrounding area through the lens of its connection to the sea. Free to the public, it houses thousands of artifacts. It includes permanent exhibits on the USS Macon disaster off Point Sur, the Ohlone and Rumsien tribes that once lived in the area, the Spanish exploration of the California coast and the Monterey sardine industry. It is operated by the Monterey History and Art Association.
The museum began in 1971 as the Allen Knight Maritime Museum. It was located in the basement of the Monterey Museum of Art, and principally housed the collection of Allen Knight, who briefly worked as a sailor in 1916 and collected artifacts and memorabilia related to maritime activities throughout his life.
The proposal for a new Maritime Museum was approved in 1982, but funding was not fully acquired until 1991. On July 15, 1991, construction began on the current Maritime and History Museum in Custom House Plaza. The museum opened on October 31, 1992.