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Monterey Museum of Art
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Monterey Museum of Art
Established 1959
Location 559 Pacific Street, Monterey, California 93940
Visitors Daily 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Wednesday closed

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.


MMA presents approximately twenty exhibitions annually. These include thematic exhibitions selected from the permanent collection, presentations of local artists and major traveling exhibitions from other institutions. In addition to the museum’s exhibitions, it presents educational programs that reach thousands of area youth annually, docent programs, classes, lectures and workshops, curatorial tours and public events such as a free Community Day organized for families. Other local institutions, including Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey Institute of International Studies, the Defense Language Institute and California State University Monterey Bay frequently use the museum as a resource for classes.

Permanent collections

The museum’s permanent collection consists of more than 14,000 objects in the following areas: early California painting (1875–1945), photography, contemporary art (1945–present), Asian art and American art (1875–1945). Highlights of the museum’s collection include works by Armin Hansen, William Ritschel, Joan Miró, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, as well as that of world-renowned photographers Edward Weston and Ansel Adams.

Early California painting

Notable artists, represented in the museum, who worked in California in the late 19th and early 20th centuries:

  • Jules Tavernier
  • E. Charlton Fortune
E. Charlton Fortune, Hatton Ranch (Monterey Museum of Art)
Charlton Fortune's Hatton Ranch
  • Evelyn McCormick
  • Gottardo Piazzoni
  • Francis McComas
  • William Ritschel
Ritschel Painting Palette
Ritschel Painting Palette
  • Armin Hansen


Photographers represented in the permanent collection:

Contemporary art

Contemporary art holdings:

Asian art

Asian art collection including textiles, woodblock prints, jade and lacquer objects, and ceramics from Japan, China and Korea.

American art

American Art holdings from the 19th century to 1945.

Selected collection highlights

  • Ryce, Walter. "50 Fifty Grand". Monterey County Weekly, 09 Apr. 2009
  • Baker, Kenneth. "Painter's solo show traces in steps of LeWitt". San Francisco Chronicle, 6 January 2011, Ovation, sec. F
  • The Story of La Mirada. Edited by Gail L. Gonzales. Monterey, CA: Monterey Museum of Art, 1998
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Renowned African-American Artists:
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Pauline Powell Burns
Frederick J. Brown
Robert Blackburn
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