The Museums of Paso Robles
Paso Robles is rich with history and its residents are enthusiastic about preserving and sharing that history with area residents, visitors and history buffs.
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The dream of having a museum to preserve local history and celebrate the rural way of life began in 1971 and has been building steam since then. This beloved institution perfectly captures pioneer life in a community-minded small town while making history come alive. Exhibits include everything from Indian arrowheads to antique tractors to steam engines and even includes an historic and beautiful old one-room school house. Give yourself some time to explore this unique museum and you will realize why it is so important to preserve and celebrate our past. www.pasoroblespioneermuseum.org
Take a tour of one of the fastest growing museums in California, The Estrella Warbird Museum. This fascinating museum is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of military aircrafts, vehicles and memorabilia to those who flew and worked on military aircrafts. From jeeps, side arms, early year aircraft, fighter jets recently retired from active duty, to antique ambulances, bombardier sites to modern missiles, from one of the earliest pilot's licenses issued by the FAA to unique personal items carried into combat during the previous century, from artifacts of airplanes which made aviation history, to piles of parts destined to end up as pieces of a fully restored vintage aircraft, you will find a unique collection of aircraft and artifacts. For more information visit www.EWarbirds.org
El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society is a non-profit public benefit corporation whose purpose is to collect and preserve historic properties, objects, and papers of historical interest related to the Paso Robles area and its citizens. The Carnegie Historic Library is the official home of the Historical Society, which assumed stewardship of the building in 1995. The Historical Society makes available to the public, exhibits and displays on the main floor which showcase the history of the area. Exhibits change on a quarterly basis. The Virginia Peterson Research Room, located on the lower level, contains an extensive collection of archival materials related to the area’s history and volunteers are available on site to assist visitors with research requests. The Carnegie Historic Library is open Tuesday, and Thursday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. www.pasorobleshistoricalsociety.org
Features exhibits on training at Camp Roberts during WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Gulf War and Iraqi Freedom, as well as exhibits on Corporal Roberts (the Camp's namesake), the National Guard, the Women's Army Corps, the WWII railroad station, Camp Roberts celebrities, dining facilities, civilian workers, the hospital, the PX, the Soldiers Bowl, and others. There is also an extensive patch collection, a small reference library and a video viewing room. There is a large gift shop with books (including "The History of Camp Roberts"), WWII postcards, posters, DVDs, clothing and many other interesting items. The Museum Annex houses our large vintage vehicle collection as well as many other exhibits, including the Camp stage shows and radio broadcasts, the Camp chapels, a WWII office, an Iraqi Republican Guard exhibit, and a large model vehicle collection. www.camprobertshistoricalmuseum.com