Monterey History Tours -- Custom House Plaza near Fisherman's Wharf - Tours are $10 for adults, children 12-and-under are free. Tours are free for everyone on the last Sunday of each month.
Available Thursday through Sunday and Monday Holidays - 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Tours begin at the Custom House and include Custom House (interior and exterior), the site of the first American flag raised over California, First Brick House (interior), Whaling Station (exterior and garden & interior when available), California's First Theater (exterior), Joseph Boston Store, Memory Garden and concludes in Pacific House Museum, next to Custom House.
Monday Tours: Call 831-649-7111 to check if Volunteer Guide is Available) When Volunteer Docents are available- Tours begin at Custom House and start at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. following the same route as tours described above.
The tour is on mostly level surface with moderate slopes, covers a distance of a quarter mile and takes about an hour. An ADA accessible restroom is nearby behind Joseph Boston Store.
Persons requiring a Qualified Sign Language Interpreter (QSLI) must provide a minimum of 10 business days notice by calling Monterey State Historic Park at (831) 649-7172.
ADDITIONAL Monterey State Historic Park buildings and gardens: (For more on each building, click the links in the column to the right.)
Pacific House Museum: Admission is free. (includes the Monterey Museum of the American Indian), Located in Custom House Plaza south of Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf - Open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Open Tuesday through Sunday and Holidays that fall on Monday. Wheelchair available for this museum upon request.
Custom House: Admission is free. Located in Custom House Plaza across from Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf - Open every day 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Custom House Store Open every day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Operated by Monterey State Historic Park Association in support of park educational programs. Great gifts, cards and novelties for the whole family!
Larkin House - 464 Calle Principal - House tours are available by special appointment only by calling (831) 649-7172. Base fee for special tours is $80 for up to 12 persons and additional charges apply for larger groups. Two weeks advanced notice required for private tour.
First Brick House, located in Heritage Harbor (next to the Old Whaling Station) - Normally open for viewing exhibits - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.
Stevenson House located at 530 Houston Street; Open Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. April 4 through October 31, 2020. For a private tour contact (831) 649-7172. Two weeks advanced notice required.
Casa Soberanes located at the corner of Del Monte and Pacific Street. This two-story adobe is a classic example of Mexican architectural style. Open by appointment only. A $80 fee will be charged for groups up to 12 persons. Two week advanced notice required for private tour.
Monterey State Historic Park gardens are open to the public at no charge. Permits are required to reserve gardens for your special event. Garden hours are : 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily May through September and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily October through April.
To reserve gardens for your special event or wedding contact: (831) 649-7118 or email Events.Monterey@parks.ca.gov .
Private tours of Monterey State Historic Park open adobes or those currently closed, individually or in combination, may be booked for private groups of up to 12 guests. The rate for one State Park Guide for one adobe or guided history tour is $80. If additional guides are needed for larger groups, additional fees may apply . Call (831) 649-7172. Two week advanced notice required for all private tours.
Tours for school groups may be booked at special rates by calling (831) 676-7361 or email MSHPschools@parks.ca.gov
Cell Phone Tours
On any day, Visitors to Monterey State Historic Park may take a cell phone tour of historic buildings by dialing (831) 998-9458, followed by a Stop Number when prompted. Stop Numbers correspond to various Monterey State Historic Park adobes in the downtown area. Listeners recieve a two-minute narration for each building. There is no charge for the cell phone tours, but callers will use cell minutes, according to their individual plan. Callers may also use land based phones and will be charged based on normal land based rates.
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Call (831) 998-9458
After prompt, enter Stop Number:
401 Custom House
402 Pacific House
403 First Brick House
404 Old Whaling Station
405 California's First Theater
406 Casa Soberanes
407 Larkin House
408 Cooper-Molera Adobe
409 Robert Louis Stevenson House
410 Casa de Oro (J. Boston Store)
Other State Park Buildings in Monterey
- California's First Theater - is currently closed until a structural rennovation project can be funded and completed.
- Casa del Oro is open Thrusday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Operated by the Historic Garden League.
- Casa Soberanes is open by special request by calling (831) 649-7172. Special Request tours of this house are a minimum of $80 and limited to 12 persons per guide. Additional charges apply for larger groups needing more guides.
- Old Whaling Station is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is operated by the Junior League of Monterey.
- Sherman Quarters is located on the grounds of the Larkin House and is not open for tours.