Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum

Aviation Exhibit

Taking Flight Agricultural Aviation over the Salinas Valley


“I am alive. Up here with the song of the engine and the air whispering on my face as the sunlight and shadows play upon the banking, wheeling wings, I am completely, vibrantly alive. With the stick in my right hand, the throttle in my left, and the rudder beneath my feet, I can savor that essence from which life is made.”

-Stephen Coonts


Our newest temporary exhibit, Taking Flight Agricultural Aviation over the Salinas Valley takes visitors through the history and advancement of agricultural aviation specifically relating to the Salinas Valley. As visitors walk through the exhibit, they learn about the beginning and early days of the industry, the Pilots and the breathtaking maneuvers and skill that they possessed and the planes that they flew. The exhibit display’s historic photos of the area and a videos that takes viewers unique aerial views of the valley. View artifacts, read the words of aviation pioneers and learn more about the story of agricultural aviation.


Agriculture is a big story in the Salinas Valley. It is the story of settlement, transportation, trade, the environment - and you are part of this story. The Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve and share the stories and artifacts that reflect this long-time legacy. Our hands-on programs – from our popular elementary school fieldtrips to our new living-lab garden – place visitors at the center of the story as history unfolds, teaching them about the important part they, their family, and friends play today.




10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00


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!