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San Luis Obispo
Visit San Luis Obispo’s unique museums
 San Luis Obispo offers some of the best and most varied muse- ums in the area for history, art, lo-
cal culture, events and activities for all ages. Each museum provides a special view of the region’s history, and culture. In San Luis Obispo, there’s a museum for every interest.
The museums are requiring face coverings and 6’ social distancing and following San Luis Obispo County and State of California guidelines.
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
Every experience at SLOMA delivers a unique view of the artistic and creative side of the region’s life- style and interests. Exhibits include all manner of artwork, paintings, sculpture, photography, fine crafts and a permanent collection that defines the roles of artists that are important to the local region and to California. Along with the exhibits, community programs include films, concerts, art talks, and educational programs. Admission is free to the museum but there may be a fee for some of the events and activities.
The museum sponsors free community activities such as Second Saturday of every month when anyone can participate in
free art-making activities from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Art and About from 5-8 p.m. the first Friday of every month is a self-guided art walk through downtown San Luis Obispo giving the community an opportunity
to experience visual, literary, and performing art in various venues.
Museum Circle members enjoy invite-only events, tours, and travel opportunities with an opportunity to travel to Venice, Italy in April 2022 for remarkable access to some of Venice’s famous art.
The Art Museum is located at 1010 Broad St, San Luis Obispo and open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For more information about current events, programs and membership call (805) 543-8562 or visit
History Center of San Luis Obispo County
The History Center of San Luis
Obispo County, reopen as of July 1, has been a favorite place for histo- rians for more than 60 years. A vast collection
of correspon-
dence, newspapers,
directories, maps,
and photographs is a
resource for historical and genealogical research in San Luis Obispo County. The exhibits are opportunities to explore the history of the area as it leads to today’s lifestyles and cultures.
The museum is located at 696 Monterey Street. Hours are Wed-Mon 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Learn more about ongoing lectures, events and exhibits at or by calling (805) 543-0638.
Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum
The Veteran’s Museum honors all veterans or all generations, with emphasis on those from the Central Coast. The collections and displays include military artifacts from WWI to today, historical memo- rabilia, and a research library. The Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum is the only Central Coast site certified by the Library of Con- gress for recording interviews for the Veterans History Project.
Located at 801 Grand
Avenue, the museum
is open Wed-Sat
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information visit or call (805) 543-1763.
The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum
For families with young children, check out the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum. From miniature sets to inspire imagina- tions, to the hands-on activities, there is no shortage of fun learning here. Many of the exhibits are more than what they seem and children and adults alike will delight in new discoveries.
The Shop is filled for the holidays with items such as plushes from Jellycat, kinetic sand, and the ever-popular squishy dinos.
Masking and distance guide- lines remain in effect. Reserva- tions are encouraged and can be made through the website. Visitors are also encouraged to read the museum’s Open & Safe policies on the website.
New hours are: Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-
noon and 2-4 p.m. Closed from 1-2 p.m. for cleaning. Mon and Thu 10 a.m.-noon. Closed Tue and Wed.
Located at 1010 Nipomo St. in San Luis Obispo. For more information call (805) 544-5437 or visit
San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum
The San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum has it all, from the first narrow-gauge Pacific Coast Railway that carried people and goods from Avila to San Luis Obispo, through the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad in around 22 years later in 1896, to modern times. The exhibits include a variety of railroad cars and railroad equipment, including a 1926 Pullman observation car. The museum presents a variety of displays and artifacts that cover railroads and railroad topics such as Surf, Santa Maria Valley, Southern Pacific, Amtrak, Port San Luis, the Pacific Coast Railway, Orchard Express, Union Pacific, and more. A variety of community events are hosted throughout the year.
The museum, located at 1940 Santa Barbara Avenue, is open every Satur- day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children, with kids under 3 admitted for free. For more in- formation, see or call (805) 548-1894. Visitors are encouraged to visit the website for the most recent visi- tor’s information.
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