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The Arts have a presence in Pacific Grove and play a significant role in community life, to both residents and visitors. Pacific Grove is home to a wide range of art stores and venues. On display are paintings, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics and other items fashioned in many forms of art media.

First Friday PG Art Walk is held each first Friday of the month. The art walk creates excitement downtown, packing restaurants and producing a festive atmosphere with music, wine and the galleries are filled with talented local artists.

The Pacific Grove Art Center encourages art appreciation and stimulates interest in all types of art. The Art Center offers dance, art and cultural classes, lectures, forums and exhibits. Located at 568 Lighthouse Avenue.

Pacific Grove offers other cultural aspects, among them the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, an acclaimed small museum that is treasured by local residents and visitors. Showcasing the birds and wildlife, plants, geology, and cultural richness of the Central Coast. The museum also has an extensive permanent collection of local artifacts and offers special exhibits and programs for kids. The Pacific Grove Museum is also responsible for educating the public about the Monarch Butterflies and conducts the counting of them during the months of November through February.

Pacific Grove was founded in 1875 as a Methodist church retreat. Many of the original nineteenth and twentieth century houses and buildings remain in use today. Over 1,300 houses and buildings are designated as historic. Take a self-guided walking tour of historic downtown homes. It is an easy walk that showcases many of the building styles that the City of Pacific Grove is famous for. Pacific Grove Walking Tour brochure

Historic preservation is also honored with events, murals and statues. Some are officially designated historic landmarks, such as Chautauqua Hall and the Pt. Pinos Lighthouse. For more information, phone the Tourist Information Center at 831-324-4668 or visit them at 100 Central Avenue, at the entranced to Pacific Grove. Open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Beaches

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