Monterey State Historic Park and Fisherman’s Wharf Walking Tour
Stanton Center/Anchor/Dali Museum
Hello and welcome to this Monterey State Historic Park and Fisherman’s Wharf Walking Tour. I am Lynn Momboisse and I have been visiting the Monterey Peninsula since 1964 and lived in the area for many years. This tour is a collaboration between me and my VoiceMap partner Dale Byrne.
Today’s walking tour will introduce you to a portion of the Monterey State Historic Park, whose mission is to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protect its natural and cultural resources, educate locals and visitors about the area and create opportunities for exploring the incredible outdoors of Monterey and its surroundings.
Our tour will visit the Custom House Plaza and Museum, the Pacific House Museum, a number of Monterey’s historic buildings and Fisherman’s Wharf, as well as some of the film locations for the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies.
You should be standing in front of the Stanton Center. There's a large ship anchor in the front of the building which is a reminder of the time when this building housed the Monterey History & Maritime Museum.
In 1970, Adele Knight donated her late husband Allen Knight’s large maritime collection to the Monterey History & Art Association. With money from Virginia Stanton, a building was erected here on the wharf and opened in 1971 principally to house the Knight collection.
Allen Knight moved to the Monterey Peninsula in 1918 when he was 17 years old. He also served as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea in the 1940’s and 50’s. On our VoiceMap walking tour, Carmel-by-the-Sea Fairy Tale Houses, we visit his home, the Ship House, as well as 12 Fairy Tale-style homes in Carmel.
In 2016, this space became the Dali17 Museum. It currently features over 500 works by the Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali who lived in Monterey and Pebble Beach between 1941 to 1948. The works include a large collection of his lithographs as well as some of his original etchings, mixed media, sculptures and tapestries. This venture was made possible through a partnership between Pebble Beach businessman Dmitry Piterman, the owner of the collection, and the Monterey History & Art Association. There is a cost to visit this museum and we recommend you consider visiting it when you conclude this tour.
Okay, it‘s time to get walking.
With the Stanton Center behind you, walk straight toward Monterey Bay and the rectangular shaped monument with the tall sculpture on top. Remember to watch for bicyclists that may cross in front of you.
While you walk, I'll explain how VoiceMap works.
It uses your location to play audio automatically, at the right time and place. This means that I will be silent at times, when I am not giving directions or telling stories. It also means that you can put your phone away now if you like. There's a map on your screen if you ever feel lost. You may also pause the tour at any time and resume it at any of the locations.
Keep going to the monument ahead.