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Pacific Biological Lab Tour

Take a journey through Monterey’s storied past with a tour of Pacific Biological Laboratories. The Lab is located at 800 Cannery Row, just a block from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


Lab Docents share the big story of this unassuming building. Once a small family dwelling, it played a pivotal role in the life and work of marine biologist Ed Ricketts, his friendship and collaboration with author John Steinbeck, their circle of friends, and the "PBL Members" who bought the Lab in the mid-1950s and founded the Monterey Jazz Festival. Tours of the Lab are free of charge and last one hour. Advance reservations are required. Donations to help sustain the service are welcome.


Interpretation of the history of the Pacific Biological Laboratories may be suitable for children 10 years of age or older. The City of Monterey is committed to safe public attendance in its facilities. 


Reasonable accommodations or other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided upon request. To ensure availability, you are advised to make your request at least 72 hours prior to the tour you wish to attend. For additional information, please contact the Museums Office at (831) 646-5648.


Parking is limited on Cannery Row. Use the City’s interactive map to identify nearby parking, or ride the free Trolley Shuttle.  If driving, please allow plenty of time to park and visit the PBL. The Lab is located at 800 Cannery Row between David Avenue and Prescott Avenue. We look forward to your visit. 

Saturday, January 13, 2024 Show more dates
10:30am - 11:30am
Pacific Biological Laboratories, 800 Cannery Row, Monterey
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