Colton Hall Museum, Monterey

4.6
#2 of 13 in Museums in Monterey
Colton Hall is a government building and museum in Monterey, California, United States. It was built in the late 1840s by Walter Colton, who came to Monterey as a chaplain on Commodore Stockton's vessel and remained to become Monterey's first alcalde (mayor) in the American Period.
Colton Hall was originally a public school and government meeting place. It also hosted California's first constitutional convention in 1849. California's military governor called for a constitutional convention, to be held in Monterey's Colton Hall. On September 1, delegates from ten districts arrived in Monterey to debate and write California's state first constitution. The California Constitution was ratified on October 13, voted on in November that year and sent to Congress in January 1850. San Jose was chosen as the seat for the first Legislature. (Officially, a state capital is where the legislature sits; therefore Monterey never was the capital of the State of California.)
The Native Sons of the Golden West were instrumental in 1903 in securing a legislative appropriation for necessary repairs on Colton Hall. The building was then registered as a California Historical Landmark in 1934.
The most important public office building in Monterey County still in continuous use, Colton Hall has over the years housed Monterey's City Hall, a public school, the county court house, the sheriff's office, and Monterey's city police headquarters. Today the main floor still holds some city offices (including the city Planning Division and Building Safety Division), while the second floor is a museum.
Put Colton Hall Museum on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Monterey online itinerary planner.
Source
Create an itinerary including Colton Hall Museum
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Colton Hall Museum Reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
70 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • It was really fascinating to get a sense for the work that went into creating California's first constitution, and learn about the variety of people that contributed to its creation. The building is.....  more »
  • It really started here. So much history here! You can get a sense of what it must have been like when Monterey was THE place. Ships pulling in to off load goods from far away locations and people...  more »
Google
  • Lovely short historical stop. Helpful staff who knew his stuff. Boyfriend who's into constitutional things wished there was more.
  • Cool history of California. Don't forget to see the moon tree. It's gigantic.

Plan your trip to Monterey

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Monterey

See all ›
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Monterey

4.9
Duration: 2 hours
4.8
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Monterey

4.7
Duration: 4 hours
3.4
Duration: 2 hours
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Wineries in Monterey

4.9
Duration: 2 hours
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Monterey

See all ›
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes

Nearby attractions in Monterey

5.0
Duration: 4 hours
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.8
Duration: 2 hours