SLOMA is in downtown SLO at the west end of Mission Plaza. SLOMA’s exhibition program brings together visual artists from around the world and renowned artists from California and the US. An essential visit! Open Thu – Mon, 11–5. Free admission. 1010 Broad St., sloma.org, (805) 543-8562
The vision of the Santa Margarita Historical Society is to make our local history available on-line with hardcopy held at the public library located on the corner of I & Murphy Streets in Santa Margarita. Plans call for restoration of the small county jail building and documenting a number of the community’s historic buildings, both those that are still standing and those that have disappeared over the decades. The Society is recording the stories of “old timers” to help ensure that the history of the town, which grew out of the Mexican Land Grant Rancho Santa Margarita, is not lost.
The Museum of Natural History is a fun place to explore, discover, and learn about habitats of the area and impacts of natural and human forces through hands-on displays, activities, and events. This destination museum is located in the heart of Morro Bay. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $3 adults; free for children 17 and under. 20 State Park Rd., Morro Bay. centralcoastparks.org. (805) 548-0391.
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 an array of venues, as well as networking and educational opportunities for artists 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 Paso Robles Historical Society is a non-profit organization that seeks and encourages the development of archives and serves as a repository for records and other materials. The Paso Robles Historical Society is located at the historic Carnegie Library in the downtown city Park. Open every day but Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free Admission, (805) 238-4996
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. Free admission. Open Fri. – Sun. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 309 Main St., (805) 434-0807
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.
This museum has been preserving and interpreting the maritime history, especially that of California since 1995. The current fleet on exhibit includes the tug boat “Alma” that rescued sailors from the December 1941 Japanese attack on a Union Oil tanker off the coast of Morro Bay and the “Avalon,” one of two Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicles (DSRV) submarines designed to rescue crews of downed submarines. The museum is located at 1210 Embarcadero in Morro Bay.
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., Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Banquet Hall available for rent, 4251 Dry Creek Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446, ewarbirds.org, (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 p.m. Talk to a docent about the history of Atascadero.
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