Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum, in San Lorenzo County Park at 1160 Broadway, features a museum complex and an exhibit barn. Displays in the barn trace the evolution of agriculture in Monterey County. Historic buildings include the restored 1898 Spreckels farmhouse, a blacksmith shop, an 1887 schoolhouse and the original 1903 King City train depot. The History of Irrigation Museum also is part of the complex. An outdoor exhibit displays farm equipment from the 1800s to the 1940s.
Note: The exhibit barn was closed at press time; phone for updates.
Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 30 minutes minimum.
Park admission Mon.-Fri. (includes parking) $6; free (ages 62+ and walk-ins). Park admission Sat.-Sun. and holidays $8; free (ages 62+ and walk-ins). Museum free.
Hours: Exhibit barn open Tues.-Fri. 10-4. Other buildings open Fri. noon-4, Sat.-Sun. 11-4. Phone for guided tour schedule. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and Dec. 31.