Exhibiting and Interpreting the Natural History of Monterey County, California
The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is located at the Corner of Forest and Central Avenues in Pacific Grove, California. The Museum is dedicated to interpreting the natural history of Monterey County, California. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm, except on New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
The Museum has permanent exhibits which interpret the native plants, animals, geology, and aboriginal populations of Monterey County. The Museum also displays a variety of special temporary exhibits throughout the year. These exhibits remain on display for two to six months, though the annual Wildflower Show is displayed for only a single weekend.The Museum has an on-site education program for group visits at no cost to Monterey County schools. Visits can consist of either a self-guided walk-through, or a talk from one of the Museum staff on a specific topic, or a combination of both.
The Museum also has an education outreach program for schools located in the Monterey Peninsula area. This program provides in-class instruction utilizing hands-on objects from the Museum's teaching collection.Volunteers are always a welcome addition to the Museum's many programs. Volunteer opportunities include staffing the Museum Gift Shop, conducting tours of the Point Pinos Lighthouse, and assisting visitors at the Monarch Grove Sanctuary.
A World-Class 18-Hole Golf Course
Pacific Grove Golf Links offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Lovers Point, Point Pinos, Crespi Pond, and Asilomar's natural sand dunes. Originally designed by Chandler Egan in 1932, the first nine holes takes you through the forested areas of Pacific Grove. Egan's nine takes you through an inland terrain and reflects much of the charm of an English rural course done in the old style.
The back nine was designed by Jack Neville, original designer of the Pebble Beach Golf Links.
The holes are unpretentious, reminiscent of an era when the 'par fours' were sometimes less than 300 yards and the 'par threes' could be contemplated by the common folk. There are not many bunkers, and the greens are small.
It was recently ranked by Zagat Survey as one of America's Best Golf Courses. The 18-hole golf course features a restaurant as well as a golf pro shop.
Oldest Continuously-Operating Lighthouse on the West Coast
Since February 1, 1855, its beacon has flashed nightly as a guide and warning to shipping off the rocky California coast. Alcatraz Island Lighthouse preceded Point Pinos by 8 months, but was replaced in 1909 by the expanding military prison.