The Pacific House and Museum was constructed in 1847 during the United States occupation of California. Over the years, this adobe was used as storage for the U.S. Army, a hotel, a court house, a tavern, and in later years, as offices. Today the public can visit the newly-redesigned, interactive exhibits and displays that are featured at the Pacific House Museum in Monterey. Situated in the Custom House Plaza in the Monterey Peninsula, the museum is conveniently located for residents of Monterey as tourists to visit. Parking is available at and near the site.
The onsite exhibits tell the exciting story of Monterey and when it was the capital of Spanish and Mexican California. The Monterey Museum of the American Indian, located upstairs, presents beautiful baskets, pottery and other Native American artifacts. In the back of the museum, through stucco arches, visitors can find a little fountain bubbling in a quiet pool which provides a peaceful environment to frequent.
Flowers and lush green plants accentuate the stark whiteness of the garden walls. The lovely Memory Garden was once the site of bear and bull fights staged by the townsfolk each Sunday afternoon and evening in the summer and early fall months.