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.