Revamped, Renamed Monterey Maritime Museum to Reopen June 4
May 16, 2011
Monterey residents will be celebrating more than their city's 241st birthday June 4: They'll also get their first look at the newly remodeled Monterey Maritime and History Museum, which has been closed for the past 15 months.
In addition to a new name - the Custom House Plaza landmark will now be known as the Museum of Monterey (MoM) -, the museum, will also present to the public a host of new exhibitions, including "Flows to Bay," featuring works by artists who explore the relationship between consumerism (and the ensuing plastic debris) and the ocean, and "Treasures of the Collection," a greatest-hits compilation of artifacts and artwork from the Monterey History and Art Association.
The space's new centerpiece, however, is the 50-by-9.5-foot "historama" mural (pictured) created by Los Angeles artist Andre Miripolsky, who's also responsible for the recently painted wave designs on the fence surrounding MoM. The mural is a pastiche of Monterey's past, from its ocean-based economy (sardines, squid) to its on-land recreation (golf, specialty cars).
While both the name and exhibition changes reflect a major shift for the museum, MoM promises to retain the Monterey History and Art Association's commitment to "help[ing] make living history - locally, regionally and globally."
The Museum of Monterey will reopen to the public on Saturday, June 4 from 3pm-7:30pm. After the special opening, MoM will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm.