Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum

About Us

The Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum (MCARLM) is located within San Lorenzo County Park, 1160 Broadway, King City, CA. The park is a Monterey County facility. MCARLM’s interpretive period is the last quarter of the 19th century through World War II. The collections are principally agricultural related implements, house museum furnishings, and historical objects related to specific local history.

The museum complex has 6 buildings: the Exhibit Barn, Olson Blacksmith Shop, and the History of Irrigation Museum; plus the historic Spreckels House(1898), La Gloria Schoolhouse (1887), and the King City Train Depot (1903). All are completely furnished with turn-of-the-century artifacts. There are outside exhibits of antique farm equipment dating from the late 1800s into the 1940s. The main Exhibit Barn features displays following the development of Salinas Valley agriculture and rural life from the late 1700s to 1940. We also have meeting rooms, picnic facilities and camping through the auspices of the Parks Department.

Do you have items of interest to donate? We actively seek photographs, documents, newspapers and memorabilia from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Call the museum office for information.

King City Train Depot Farm Tractor La Gloria School Spreckles House Store Museum Entrance

Mission Statement

The Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum (MCARLM) celebrates the past, present and future of Salinas Valley agriculture and rural life by interpreting authentic objects, providing exceptional programs and building community connections.  

Hours and Fees

The Main Exhibit Barn is open 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday thru Friday, closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after. The Spreckels House, Schoolhouse, Train Depot and Olson Blacksmith Shop are open Fridays, 12:00 noon to 4:00pm, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm with Tour Guides available to help you. The History of Irrigation Museum is also open for viewing weekends but it is recommended that you call ahead if you wish to wish to view the entire facility and see the movie. All buildings are available to group and private tours year round by appointment. We are completely ADA compliant. There is no fee to enter the Museum. There is a day use fee for the park. $6 per car Monday through Friday, $8 Saturday and Sunday. Seniors and walk-ins are free.

Hours

Monday
CLOSED
Tuesday
10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:00
Thursday
10:00 - 16:00
Friday
10:00 - 16:00
Saturday
11:00 - 16:00
Sunday
11:00 - 16:00

Donate

Your donation will help us continue to inspire and engage current and future generations of agriculture and rural life history enthusiasts. Without the Agricultural and Rural Life Museum, our community would be bereft of the inspiration and sustenance provided by the historical context of our exhibitions. No matter the size of your budget, your gift will make a difference! Gifts of all sizes tremendously appreciated.

Thank you for your contribution!