Monterey County has a rich ancestral history of Ohlone, Salinan, and Esselen tribes. Even after Spanish colonization brought a precipitous decline in their populations, descendants from each of these groups live here today.
Pacific Grove is the site of a recent discovery of artifacts dating back 5300 years. Exhibits provide a glimpse of locally found artifacts and what they tell about life in Monterey thousands of years ago.
The museum's Native Plant Garden will include a Useful Plants area, featuring plants that California Indians used in daily life before the modern era.