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History Center and Museum of San Luis Obispo County

696 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3515
+1 805-543-0638
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Small but great

Great little museum right next to the mission. Free entry donations accepted. Museum is in a great... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2017
San Marcos, California
Nice little local history museum

To be honest, we didn't know this museum existed, but we were strolling on the mission plaza and I... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
San Jose, California
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Located in the former Carnegie Library, this museum traces the history of San Luis Obispo County from the era of the Chumash and Salinan Indians to present day.
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  • Very good56%
  • Average10%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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696 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3515
+1 805-543-0638
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Reviewed 26 April 2017

Great little museum right next to the mission. Free entry donations accepted. Museum is in a great old building. Definitely worth taking a look

Thank JimmyJackk
Reviewed 17 April 2017

To be honest, we didn't know this museum existed, but we were strolling on the mission plaza and I noticed the building and walked over to see what it was. We love local museums because they typically provide details and insights you wouldn't find elsewhere....More

Thank MikeT19278
Reviewed 11 November 2016

The San Luis Obispo Carnegie Library was built in 1905. It was designed in a style that included a tall hipped roof with two gabled wings with gargoyles and an entrance hall with multiple round arches. The building is mainly red brick with sandstone trim....More

1  Thank Linda S
Reviewed 20 September 2016

This historical building, now a museum is a fun thing to do when you go to the San Luis Obispo Mission, which is across the street. The architecture is the star of the show and the artifacts related to Central California history inside are interesting.

1  Thank Oceandweller7
Reviewed 7 September 2016

This is an interesting place with quite a history. It is small and only has a few displays. The artifacts were collected from all around the area and are well preserved. The 15 minute film puts the history of SLO county into perspective.

1  Thank 137rick
Reviewed 2 September 2016

The history museum is located in one of the Carnegie Libraries. It is a gorgeous little gem of a building suitable for architecture and history fans. The people who run the History Center are great folks. It's usually staffed by local volunteers. this is not...More

1  Thank pme57
Reviewed 4 June 2016

we walked through and to be fair felt like we'd miss something or part of the tour as there wasnt anything there really. all very odd.

Thank Stephen D
Reviewed 2 April 2016

Victoria, the museum host, was fantastic; very enthusiastic and a wealth of information about San Luis Obispo. We watched a 15 minute video about the history of SLO county, which was very informative and interesting. The rest of the museum was a disappointment. There was...More

Thank jeff573
Reviewed 22 January 2016

We're suckers for History museums and this one is quite nice. Interesting artifacts and local flavor.

Thank KamranNezami
Reviewed 13 January 2016

A nice break in a morning stroll -- this museum had an amusing exhibit on prohibition in the nearby area and a traveling show on Phoebe Hearst, wife of the first Hearst, George. Plus, there was a video and a room filled with photos. Interesting...More

1  Thank fredusa
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