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Custom House Store

Location
1 Custom House Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
831-649-7111
Hours

Monday - Sunday: 10am - 4pm

The Monterey State Historic Park Association (MSHPA) is proud to announce the opening of their new gift shop location in the historic Custom House. The shop specializes in locally made greeting cards, crafts, games, and books on Monterey history. It is staffed entirely by volunteers; proceeds support the park's educational programs. We welcome you to visit us seven days a week!

The Custom House was first constructed in 1827 by the Mexican government to collect custom duties from foreign shipping at a time when Monterey was the capital of Alta California, Mexico’s northernmost province. In 1841, Thomas O. Larkin, U.S. Consul to Alta California, contracted with the Mexican government to rebuild and expand the Custom House into its present form. It was here that Commodore John Drake Sloat raised the American flag in July 1846, officially claiming California as a U.S. territory.

Location

Custom House Store
1 Custom House Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
831-649-7111

Posts

  • Monterey Angels Holiday Cards at Custom House Store

    It's officially that time of year! Custom House Store, located at 1 Custom House Plaza, is happy to announce that we now offer holiday cards featuring the City of Monterey Angels, originally created by artist Erica Franke.

    The Monterey...

Upcoming Events

  • There are no upcoming events posted for this location.

Past Events

  • Christmas in the Adobes 2019

     
    12/13 - 12/14
     
    $25/$2
     
    Custom House Store

    Christmas in the Adobes on December 13 & 14 is Monterey's signature holiday event! Stroll the streets of Monterey and stop in at any one of 23 decorated adobes with soft holiday lights, entertainment, and Christmas refreshments. The event supports Monterey State Historic Park children's educational programs.

    Tickets are $25 per night for adults, $2 for children ages 6-17 when accompanied by a paying adult, and free for children age 5 and under.

    Multi-day event ending on Sat Dec 14, 2019
  • Free Monterey History Tours for Military Personnel & Veterans Today

     
    5/27/19
     
     
    Custom House Store

    On Memorial Day, Monterey State Historic Park is offering free History Tours for military personnel and veterans. Tours start out of the Custom House at 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 2pm. (Typically, tours cost $10 per guest, but children age 12 and...

  • Christmas in the Adobes 2018

     
    12/7 - 12/8
     
    $25/$2
     
    Custom House Store

    Christmas in the Adobes on December 7 & 8 is Monterey's signature holiday event! Stroll the streets of Monterey and stop in at any one of 22 decorated adobes with soft holiday lights, entertainment, and Christmas refreshments. The event supports Monterey State Historic Park children's educational programs.

    Tickets are $25 per night for adults, $2 for children ages 6-17 when accompanied by a paying adult, and free for children age 5 and under.

    Multi-day event ending on Sat Dec 08, 2018
  • Christmas in the Adobes 2017

     
    12/8 - 12/9
     
    $25/$2
     
    Custom House Store

    Christmas in the Adobes on December 8 & 9 is Monterey's signature holiday event! Stroll the streets of Monterey and stop in at any one of 22 decorated adobes with soft holiday lights, entertainment, and Christmas refreshments. The event supports Monterey State Historic Park children's educational programs. Tickets are $25 per night for adults, $2 for children ages 6-17 when accompanied by a paying adult, and free for children age 5 and under.

    Multi-day event ending on Sat Dec 09, 2017
  • Volunteer Program Recruitment Presentation at Monterey State Historic Park

     
    3/10/17
     
    free
     
    Custom House Store

    Volunteers are needed at Monterey State Historic Park! To learn all the ways you can help, come to this presentation at Custom House, 5pm-7pm. Michael D. Green, Interpretive Program Manager, will give a slide program describing all the things volunteers do at the park, and the school field trip coordinator and volunteers will be there to chat. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Sloat Landing Ceremony 2016

     
    7/9/16
     
    free
     
    Custom House Store

    Native Sons of the Golden West and Monterey Parlor #75 invite you to join them in recognition of the U.S. annexation of California in 1846, when Commodore John Drake Sloat’s military contingent landed at Custom House in Monterey after the surrender of the Mexican garrison.

  • Custom House Store Grand Opening!

     
    4/9 - 4/10
     
     
    Custom House Store

    The Monterey State Historic Park Association is proud to announce the grand opening of our Custom House Store on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10, 10am-4pm. Formerly housed at Cooper Molera Adobe, our new shop at the historic Custom House sells books of local and historical interest, old-fashioned toys, gifts, and postcards. All purchases support activities at Monterey State Historic Park.

    Multi-day event ending on Sun Apr 10, 2016