Our Mission

MY Museum provides an environment where curiosity and creativity flourish, while both children and adults discover the thrill of lifelong learning.

Our Mission

MY Museum provides an environment where curiosity and creativity flourish, while both children and adults discover the thrill of lifelong learning.

Our History

Since 1997, the Monterey County Youth Museum (MY Museum) has provided children with an unparalleled learning experience. MY Museum began as a Junior League project and has since evolved into a community-based,
nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.

Prior to moving into its current facility in November of 2008, the museum occupied a 2,700 square foot facility on Cannery Row. The original facility was successful for its size, but never really allowed the organization to grow in the way that the staff and board envisioned. After the purchase of a building in downtown Monterey, a successful four-year and capital campaign the museum is now where it once only aspired to be. The museum is approximately three times the size with nine gallery areas and over 50 exhibits. Each gallery playfully represents the key industries that make Monterey County unique.

Our History

Since 1997, the Monterey County Youth Museum (MY Museum) has provided children with an unparalleled learning experience. MY Museum began as a Junior League project and has since evolved into a community based,
nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.

Prior to moving into its current facility in November of 2008, the museum occupied a 2,700 square foot facility on Cannery Row. The original facility was successful for its size, but never really allowed the organization to grow in the way that the staff and board envisioned. After the purchase of a building in downtown Monterey, a successful four-year and capital campaign the museum is now where it once only aspired to be. The museum is approximately three times the size with nine gallery areas and over 50 exhibits. Each gallery playfully represents the key industries that make Monterey County unique.

Our Staff

Lauren Cohen

Executive Director

Maggie Richardson

Director of Visitor Experience

Rebecca Alderson

Office Manager

Board Of Directors


Sean Capistrano
Hayashi Wayland, Supervisor


Kristin DeMaria
Hudson Martin Ferrante Street Witten & DeMaria
PC, Attorney


Sylvia Ishii
Stevenson School Carmel Campus, Director of Admission


Dr. Valerie Josephson
Monterey Peninsula Pediatric Medical Group


Jenifer Jacobs
Keller Williams, Realtor


Virginia Maxwell
DexYP, Multimedia Outside Sales


Kelly Savukinas
Sotheby’s International Realty, Realtor


Monica Sciuto
Montage Health, Assistant Director of Communication & Marketing