Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum


Attention! Museum re-opening postponed under governor's orders.

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Welcome to MCARLM!

The La Gloria School House

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. MCARLM’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. Come visit MCARLM and find your place in history.

MCARLM Pop-Up Exhibit & BBQ Picnic

August 16, 2020 ~ 11 am - 3 pm              

Join the Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum exploring and enjoying the outdoors and some of MCARLM’s unique agricultural equipmentfor a pop-up outdoor exhibit, presented by MCARLM’s newest group of interns. Social distance with your social group and enjoy a picnic lunch in the park. Reservation of picnic table and pre-purchased tickets required. Masks and social distancing required except while at table.

$15 includes: Tri-tip Sandwich, salad, beans & cookie, and admission to the pop-up museum. Advance sales and RSVP only.

Time slots: 11-11:45, 12-12:45, 1-1:45, 2-2:45

Limited number of tickets available.

RSVP/Purchase by August 12

831-385-8020, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

MCARLM Virtual History Videos

In the midst of these uncertain times, MCARLM remains dedicated to providing local history to our community. We are making the transition to virtual history via our YouTube channel. A virtual tour of the La Gloria Schoolhouse has been uploaded recently, and tours of the remaining buildings are in progress. Our high school interns have also created their own video series: "A Minute in History" which covers a niche topic of local history in only 60 seconds. 


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!