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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 very educational

I recommend this history center to learn about SLO. You can also learn about Andrew Carnegie and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Don H
Kirkland, Washington
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Little San Luis Obispo History

Nice place to spend an hour and see historical items and facts about San Luis. Enjoyed the old... read more

Reviewed 10 January 2018
Eric M
Pismo Beach, 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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696 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3515
+1 805-543-0638
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I recommend this history center to learn about SLO. You can also learn about Andrew Carnegie and all of the libraries he donated neat the end of his life... Also this place is free. Go visit

Thank Don H
Reviewed 10 January 2018

Nice place to spend an hour and see historical items and facts about San Luis. Enjoyed the old black and white photographs. Small but interesting.

Thank Eric M
Reviewed 30 December 2017

This was a pleasant few minute stop. They don't have much in the way of displays but the video was informative about the history of the area. It's fun to see the different Carnegie libraries.

Thank Carrotp_13
Reviewed 25 November 2017

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 4 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 27 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 12 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
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