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Monterey, California

Presidio of Monterey Museum

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Today: 10:00am-4:00pm
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Cost: Free

Defending Monterey

The long history of Monterey as a military strongpoint is reflected in this small but well-curated museum. Although the majority of the exhibitions concern the Presidio's role as a U.S. Army training base (it is currently home to the Army Language School), there are descriptions of the presidio (fort) from its founding in 1770 by Captain Don Gaspar de Portola, who led a small expedition to protect the area from possible Russian encroachment. The fort came under control of the Mexican military in 1822 and was then taken over by the U.S. military in 1846, during the Mexican-American War.

The exhibitions include uniforms, weapons and gear used by the American military from the 19th century onward, often displayed on life-size mannequins. Posters and photographs area also on display, offering insight into recruiting, training and everyday life on base.

Utrip Tips

*Local Expert Thom Diggins says: "Learn more about the US Cavalry and the “Buffalo Soldiers” once stationed here."

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