Due to state budget cutbacks, free public tours of historic buildings and the Monterey Walking Tours are cancelled until further notice. Cooper Museum Store and garden remain open from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM daily. Beginning April 3, the Custom House and Pacific House Museums near Fishermans Wharf will be open on weekends and holidays only, from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. The Stevenson House at 530 Houston Street is open Saturdays from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM. Private group tours for up to 20 persons may be reserved in advance by calling (831) 649-7172. Fees apply for group tours. Additional fees will be applied for larger groups. To book a special event in one of our historic gardens or at Custom House Plaza, call (831) 649-7118. Monterey State Historic Park is a collection of significant historic houses and buildings interspersed throughout Old Monterey. The inside of the Stevenson House, Larkin House, Cooper-Molera Adobe, and Casa Soberanes can ONLY be viewed with a State Park Guide. These four guided house tours, the Guided Walking Tour of Old Monterey, the Pacific House Museum and Custom House are all FREE. Guided Walking Tours begin at the Pacific House Museum in Custom House Plaza a great way to start your discovery of Monterey. Step into the past on the Monterey Walking Path of History and view the site where Spanish explorers first landed in Monterey in 1602. See one of the nations last remaining whalebone sidewalks. Walk the same streets that famed author Robert Louis Stevenson walked in 1879. Explore this two-mile path and discover some of Californias most historic homes, buildings and beautiful gardens along the way. /pages/575/images/Monterey State Historic Park - Pacific House Museum.jpg Monterey served as California's capital under Spanish, Mexican and U.S. military rule. The U.S. flag was first officially raised in California here on July 7, 1846, bringing 600,000 square miles of land to the United States. Montereys Path of History can be entered at any point. Just follow the yellow-tiled markers and discover Monterey State Historic Park, an area that preserves and interprets places and objects of statewide historic significance. Twelve buildings, including the Custom House, the oldest government building in California, and several residences (now house museums with guided tours), are all part of Montereys 55 Path of History sites. For more information call the Monterey State Historic Park office (831) 649-7118, located at 20 Custom House Plaza.