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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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Nice visit

We went in the space. The docket talked about the history and we watched a film about the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Colby R
Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
So informative

We found this by chance and were so glad we stopped and learned about the history of SLO and the... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2017
El Cerrito, 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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  • Average12%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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696 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3515
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went in the space. The docket talked about the history and we watched a film about the settlement of the area. Some art and just a good place to learn about the area.

Thank Colby R
Reviewed 5 August 2017

We found this by chance and were so glad we stopped and learned about the history of SLO and the local area. They had an important exhibit about Japanese Internment and the impact on residents of the area of Japanese ancestry. It was a shameful...More

Thank LauranTony
Reviewed 3 August 2017

Originally a Carnegie Library that the town saved and restored. Although small it is of historic interest, with featured display that changes (quarterly?). The Librarian was welcoming and interesting to talk with.

Thank Bruce H
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 5 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
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