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Address: Pacific St btwn Madison and Jefferson Sts, Monterey, CA 93940
Phone Number: +1 831-646-5648
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Built in 1849 to serve as a public school and town meeting hall, this...

Built in 1849 to serve as a public school and town meeting hall, this historic building is now a museum open for public touring.

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Interesting history

A very interesting building that played a part in the history of California's Constitution. Lots of exhibits and artifacts.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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The Villages, Florida
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The Villages, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very interesting building that played a part in the history of California's Constitution. Lots of exhibits and artifacts.

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Santa Clarita, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

This is one of many choices you have, if you're taking time to walk the Downtown Monterey area, which I recommend. It's in a great location, and the exhibits are very good.

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Thank Kent S
Gilroy, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

This was the first capital building for California before statehood (we voted on joining the union in this building) Rugged hand hewn beams are clearly visable

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Monterey, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

Colton Hall and Friendly Plaza are a must see. The brick pathway has plaques indicating significant dates in Monterey history. The property is the site of City Hall and is owned by Monterey. Unlike many of the historic adobes controlled by the state, Colton Hall is accessible year round. Check out the old city jail (used until 1954) and the... More 

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Thank PDIXX
Paso Robles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

This museum is small but interesting. It was the site of the California Convention to draft the California Constitution. It was also used as a schoolhouse. Fun historical artifacts to look over.

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Carmel, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

Travel back in time and visit Colton Hall Museum Built to serve as a public school and town meeting hall, Colton Hall now offers visitors a re-creation of the meeting room where California's first Constitution was drafted in October 1849 and exhibits on early Monterey. Colton Hall is a landmark in the City of Monterey, once the capital of Alta... More 

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Thank Lynn M
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

The California constitution was laid out and signed here, and the setup tries to recreate the period. It was nice, but the docents made it nicer, explaining various uses and the creation of the building.. It was free and had sufficient information if you read it all.

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Davis, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

Colton Hall's fascinating history, so core to California's past, is presented in such a way that it appears delegates just left the room a moment ago. Knowledgeable docents are available to give visitors the back stories. Loved it.

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Murphy, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2015

If you want to learn more about California history this is the place to come. The docent was truly a wealth of information!

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

Colton hall museum was truely amazing to a history buff like myself. I went by myself but still had a good time learning about california and Monterey's history.

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