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History Center and Museum of San Luis Obispo County

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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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696 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3515
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Just a step away from Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Beautiful architecture and friendly staff. You can watch video about the history

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Last time we came here 8 years ago this was closed and we were thrilled it was open today I learnt so very much from the exhibition but also the movie It helped us understand the history very well

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Droopydrawrs52
Reviewed August 16, 2019

My husband and I stopped here while visiting San Luis Obispo. It is in a building that was once a Free Library that Andrew Carnegie donated money towards. We were a little disappointed that there wasn't much history to read about. There were 3 rooms...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank KCJ44
Reviewed July 2, 2019

Stop by and check it out if you have interest in California history. The exhibits on the museum level are interesting as well.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Chris L
Reviewed June 15, 2019

One of the free libraries built as a result of money donated by Andrew Carnegie. The greeter was a joy! Her passion for this center was infectious. I will make sure to visit more of these original free libraries in my future travels.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Anna R
Reviewed February 24, 2019

We stopped in to see the free exhibit on the history of the fiesta. We enjoyed this lovely building and the information they provided visitors about their town. We felt welcome and it was clean. Sadly there is no way to get parking money changed...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank GrnMtnGirl79
Reviewed January 14, 2019

The history center website has a great 1 1/2 hour 25 chapter video presentation that covers the historic buildings and gives a game plan for exploring these treasures. While we stopped by, the history center was not open and other activities occupied the rest of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank on_the_go_98765
Reviewed September 27, 2018

There is a lot of local information to be found here. Not very big but worth a peek. The staff was nice and helpful.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jean M
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

This area has a lot of history to absorb if you know where to look. This is one of the best, they have items going back to the earliest visitors to the area. Also make time to go to Mission museum to round out your...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank CentralCoastDiverSLO
Reviewed June 11, 2018 via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting here, as much for the interesting history of the building (built as a Carnegie Library) as the interesting SLO County history highlighted inside. The docent was wonderful, very friendly and informative. There are two primary and two secondary exhibit rooms. One...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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