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Monterey History & Art Association

From its founding in 1931, the Monterey History & Art Association’s primary mission has been to help preserve the irreplaceable reminders of Monterey’s colorful heritage. Over the past seven decades, the Association has worked closely with the City of Monterey, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and other agencies. As a result, more old adobes have been preserved and restored in Monterey than anywhere else in California.

The MHAA instituted Monterey’s historic landmark program and created the Path of History which guides visitors to historic sites in old Monterey. It possesses extensive collections of furnishings, paintings, photographs, costumes, books, manuscripts, and other artifacts.


Stanton Center

Built in 1991, the Stanton Center was designed by Carmel architect Robert Stanton. It is locally owned and operated by the Monterey History & Art Association (MHAA). It is located directly over the Lighthouse Tunnel in between Fisherman's Wharf & the Custom House Plaza.

Your GPS will get confused trying to find us, so please give us a call for accurate directions!

Mission Statement

Sharing the histories and the diverse legacies of people, stories, and places that continue to shape Monterey.

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