On Tuesday, September 11th from 4 – 7 pm during the downtown Farmer’s Market, join us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the museum and exhibit spaces, as well as the beautiful orchard and gardens, to the public. Remarks and ribbon-cutting will begin at 4 PM with entry through the gate on Munras Avenue. Speakers will include Stephanie K. Meeks, President & CEO of the National Trust; the Honorable Clyde Roberson, Mayor of Monterey; and Douglas Wiele, Founder and President of Foothill Partners.
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 PM, the public is invited to dance to the music of local favorites, The Chicano All Stars, and enjoy the beautiful outdoor spaces and new exhibits. Visitors can explore the Cooper Adobe to see the new bi-lingual exhibits that encourage people to find their own connections to the property’s history—take a seat at our dining table with figures from Monterey’s past and present or learn about one of the first female photographers in California and take a historically-inspired selfie. In the Archaeology Room, the layers of the building have been peeled back so visitors can see how adobe buildings were constructed and also examine some of the treasures that archaeologists discovered during the recent construction at the site. In the Artichoke Room, you may be surprised to learn that one of the owners of the Cooper Molera Adobe introduced artichokes into the Salinas Valley in the early 20th century and established the first business to ship them across the United States. Throughout the Cooper Adobe, visitors can also view paintings loaned by selected artist members of the Venture Gallery as part of a new rotating local art program, “Changing Places”.