A fun family adventure exploring some of the outdoor public art located throughout the city of Monterey. Please follow all Monterey Health Dept. guidelines, especially wear a mask. Stay safe!
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This is where the state of California began. It might be a great place to begin your “Art Scavenger Hunt.” In front of this building you will find two bronzes of the Official State Animal. They might hibernate in winter, but they are out for you to get a quick selfie. Post it to Instagram or Facebook. #firstnightmonterey
On the other side of Madison Street is the Fire Station. Stop to admire the mural on the station. This is part of the One Voice Murals Project and represents El Cuartel, which housed the US military, first public library, county seat and first newspaper, The Californian. If the firemen are outside, stop to thank them for all that they do for our community. #firstnightmonterey.Map Next Clue
A quick walk across Pacific street brings you to the Monterey Museum of Art. You will find a park with 5 sculptures that are named “Calling,” “Momentum,” “Parenthesis,” “Sea Dance,” and “Carmel Coast.” Which one describes what you would like to do or experience in 2021? Post your choice to Instagram or Facebook using #firstnightmonterey.Map Next Clue
Walk to the corner of Del Monte Avenue and Pacific Street to admire the beautiful mural outside the Conference Center that was created by Guillermo Wagner Granizo. This may be the largest piece of art in Monterey. It is comprised of thousands of tiles that were all removed during the renovation of the Center and then put back in place. It shows what life is like here on the coast now and past years. Take a selfie in front of the mural and post it to Instagram or Facebook using #firstnightmonterey.Map Next Clue
By now you must be hungry, so take a walk to the wharf and get some world reknowned clam chowder. You will pass a giant Grinch who stole Christmas; I think he may have stolen all of 2020. What do you think? While you are leisurely strolling, stop to see the Fisherman Sculpture created by Jesse Corsaut near the Whale Watching kiosks. Snap a quick selfie with him and post it to Instagram or Facebook using #firstnightmonterey.Map Next Clue
If you want to take a drive or walk, our next stop is located in one of the most beautiful parks of Monterey, Lower Presidio Historic Park. It also includes a statue of the person who was responsible for starting nine missions in our area. He also has a pretty good view of the bay! Stop to visit him and take a photo of the view. Post it to Instagram or Facebook using #firstnightmonterey.Map END
We hope you enjoyed your adventure exploring all of the art and beauty of Monterey! Happy New Year 2021! Explore our website to learn about our New Year's Eve Celebration 3pm to Midnight and how to get a FNM 2021 souvenir button!