The Gallery has become a hub for fine art. They offer many opportunities to purchase beautiful, local drawings, prints, sculpture, jewelry,cards and more through array of venues, as well as networking and educational opportunities for artist to further their craft. artcentermorrobay.org, Morro Bay Art Center 835 Main St., (805) 772-2504
The SLO Children’s Museum boasts three floors of interactive & imaginative exhibits for children ages 2-10 and their families. Find science exhibits on the first floor. Visit a tiny town on the second. Little ones will love the third floor “train station.” 1010 Nipomo Street, San Luis Obispo, slocm.org, (805) 545-5874.
The Pioneer Museum is fun for all ages! Get a glimpse of what local life was like in the “Good Old Days.” View Paderewski memorabilia, vintage farm equipment, pioneer artifacts, a one-room schoolhouse and much more. 2010 Riverside Ave. Open Thursday-Sunday 1p.m.-4 p.m., Free Admission, pasoroblespioneermuseum.org, (805) 239-4556
Read more about the museum here: https://www.slovisitorsguide.com/paso-robles/discover-the-past-at-pioneer-museum
A century-old inn and stage stop on
the old mission trail between San
Francisco and San Diego, this adobe
is located on grounds that once
belonged to Mission San Miguel and
is now part of the San Luis Obispo
Parks Department. The “Friends of
the Adobe” provides members the
opportunity to support and keep
in touch with history of the area.
The Adobe is California Historical
Landmark #936. Open Fri. – Sun.
11 am – 4 pm.
Incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1989, the realization
of a dream of nearly 25 years earlier. The Horstman
house, built by Albert Horstman, a prominent businessman
in the 1920s, was donated to the society in 1994
and serves as the museum where local memorabilia and
photographs are displayed. Templeton’s original railroad
warehouse (behind the house) contains a 1925 Model T
in original condition, an antique carriage and other items
too large to put into the house. Read more about the town in the Templeton Travel Guide: https://www.slovisitorsguide.com/templeton/templeton-travel-guide
Located next to the schoolhouse,
this museum houses agricultural and
mercantile artifacts of the area along
with vintage carriages and vehicles,
including a 1925 Model T truck and a
1923 LaFrance fire truck. Open Saturdays
12-3pm and Sundays 1-4pm.
and the current exhibits.
Please contact Larry Newland for
more information at (888) 502-5115
or visit their website morrobaymaritime.
Drop by the Embarcadero
outdoor historical vessel exhibit and
have a look. If you like what you
see and want to help out, fill out an
information card and drop it in the
red donation box next to the Avalon.
CCMMA will be in touch. Read more about the museum at https://www.slovisitorsguide.com/morro-bay/visit-historic-vessel-embarcadero
This house, located at 551 Crown Hill, is the
preserved family home of Arroyo Grande’s first
permanent doctor. It open the first Saturday of the
month from 1-3 or by special arrangement.
An aviation museum dedicated to the restoration and preservation of military aircraft, vehicles, and memorabilia. Hours: Thursday through Sunday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday (only if legal holiday): 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 4251 Dry Creek Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446. ewarbirds.com, (805) 227-0440
Heritage House is a restored
Victorian home built in the late
1890’s. It’s displays depict home life
and costume for the last hundred
years in permanent and changing
exhibits. Open Saturdays 12-3pm and
The Atascadero Historical Society Colony
House, 6600 Lewis Ave. behind
the city parking lot across the street
from the City Administration Building,
is open every Wednesday and Saturday
from 1-4 pm .Talk to a docent
about the history of Atascadero. Read more about the town’s rich history in the Atascadero Travel Guide: https://www.slovisitorsguide.com/atascadero/discover-atascaderos-rich-history
to the present are on display. Other
interesting exhibits on the Salinan
Indians, the Camp Roberts Railroad
Station, the Vietnam War, the
historic SATCOM station, a Korean
War Room, a new D-Day exhibit, and
an exhibit on the famous entertainment
stars who trained at the Camp.
The Museum offers video viewing
rooms, a military library, a picnic
area, and a gift shop. Red Skelton’s
barracks area is recreated in the Museum
Annex. Enter at the main gate
off Highway 101 and check in at the
MP station for a visitor pass. Building
114, Camp Roberts, Open Thurs. and
Sat. 9 am – 4 pm
Small, intimate aquarium invites visitors to learn about local marine wildlife. Get up close and personal with purple sea urchins, hermit crabs and sea stars that live in the touch tanks of this educational-based aquarium. Other exhibits feature sharks, octopus, jellies and more. Staff and trained volunteers gladly answer questions about the animals and ocean environment. (805) 595-7280
The purpose of the Paso Robles Children’s Museum is to develop and maintain an interactive educational facility for the children, families, and educators in our community, while showcasing the heritage of the Paso Robles Volunteer Firefighters. The exhibits showcase the heritage of Paso Robles, and include a 1944 firetruck, grape stomp ball pit, and an oak tree root tunnel, in addition to daily art projects, science stations, hands-on play areas, and more. The museum offers educational activities focused on families for the general public, as well as school and youth group programming.
The museum’s historic home was once the volunteer firehouse serving Paso Robles, and when the Children’s Museum moved into the space its theme was designed to reflect the building’s heritage. The building still resembles a classic firehouse, and the fireman’s pole is still located in the main area of the museum. The building, which was built in 1940, underwent construction for 5 years to become the museum space that it is today. However, the building still maintains much of the feel of a firehouse, from the high ceilings to the large windows in the front where the doors for the fire trucks used to open. Some of the exhibits embrace the building’s history as well, and a fire truck near the entrance is available for children to climb on and explore.
“I’m a nanny of two girls (3 and 6 yrs). I’ve been taking them to the Paso Robles Children’s Museum for 2 years now. The children’s museum is always fun for the girls. It is a great place for children to learn, explore, and socialize. It is a little pricy, but worth it for a rainy day or monthly outing. My one complaint is their hours. Most weekdays they open at 11, which makes the children’s museum hard to fit in between lunch and naps. I wish they opened at 10 AM during the weekdays… we’d get a yearly pass then.” – Janelle T.
- free child admission with paid adult
- Children’s Museum
- Youth Organization
- Birthday Parties
- Special Events
- Children’s Art
- Children’s Science
- Parking Lot