The Best Monterey Museums and Art Galleries

For an Unforgettable Cultural Experience

Discover the premier institutions of culture, art, and learning in Monterey, mere minutes from our hotel. The museums in Monterey provide a deep dive into the history of our city by the bay. A visit to one of these institutions is an ideal activity for every member of the family. With nationally recognized art collections, smaller galleries showcasing local talent, and more, you can immerse yourself in a vibrant art scene during your Monterey vacation.

Explore our favorite Monterey museums and art galleries below.


Dali17 at the Museum of Monterey

Dali17 is the first West Coast permanent exhibition of surrealist, Salvador Dali. Located in Custom House Plaza behind the Portola Hotel, the exhibition features iconic work and local history with over 570 works, including etchings, mixed media, lithographs and rare sculptures and is the first to display exclusive pictures from Dali’s surrealistic party.

5 Custom House Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 372-2608

Monterey’s MY Museum

Located on Washington Street in Downtown Monterey; the MY Museum provides an environment distinct from any other in Monterey County. This 8,500-square-foot museum is packed with a variety of hands-on exhibits, making each visit unique and exciting.

425 Washington St
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 649-6444

Monterey Museum of Art

A nationally accredited art museum, exhibiting local and national artists, the Monterey Museum of Art is a flagbearer for Monterey’s cultural side. Founded as a chapter of the American Federation of Arts, this stunning collection features works from a number of schools, including early California painting and American art, contemporary works, and even curated masterpieces from Asia.

559 Pacific Street
Monterey 93940
(831) 372-5477

Museum of Monterey

Located in Stanton Center on the Custom House Plaza near Fisherman's Wharf, the Museum of Monterey details the history of the city, highlighting its important place in maritime history. View art, historical objects, model ships, and more.

5 Custom House Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 372-2608

National Steinbeck Center

Based in Salinas, about 30 minutes from Monterey via Highway 68 East, this museum is a shrine to the life and memory of author John Steinbeck. Dedicated to literature and Californian history, the Steinbeck Center is sure to be an educational experience for everyone on your trip.

1 Main St
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 624-1700

Monterey Art Galleries

Venture Art Gallery

Located at 260 Alvarado, at the Portola Hotel & Spa’s main lobby, the Venture Art Gallery features curates a fine selection from the best local artists.

260 Alvarado St
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 372-6279

Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation

This Cannery Row collection showcases work from local artists, spanning a variety of media. Experience the heart of our local art scene here.

425 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 655-1267