San Luis Obispo Museums and Galleries Tour, San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo Museums and Galleries Tour (Self Guided), San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo is a charming city located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on the Central Coast. The city has plenty of activities and things to do for its international visitors. Numerous art galleries and fascinating museum exhibitions reflect the city’s history, culture and heritage. The following waking tour will guide you to the most popular cultural venues of San Luis Obispo.
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San Luis Obispo Museums and Galleries Tour Map

Guide Name: San Luis Obispo Museums and Galleries Tour
Guide Location: USA » San Luis Obispo (See other walking tours in San Luis Obispo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 Km or 0.4 Miles
Author: sabrina
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • San Luis Obispo Children's Museum
  • History Museum
  • San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
  • Just Looking Gallery
  • Gene Francis Gallery
  • Hands Gallery
San Luis Obispo Children's Museum

1) San Luis Obispo Children's Museum (must see)

San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum is a great opportunity to have incredible family fun. The museum is situated on the central Mission Plaza and features three floors with fascinating exhibitions, numerous hands-on activities and educational games to keep the little ones happy. The first floor has an intriguing archaeological area, a volcano, exploration caves and several learning games. Plenty of exciting make-believe play areas including play Doctor, food, cash register and others on the second floor. The third floor boasts a children's book section, colorful puzzles, play trains and other activities for kids age 4 and under. The museum is open Mondays through Wednesdays 10am-3pm, Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays 1pm-5pm.
History Museum

2) History Museum (must see)

Situated since 1956 inside the beautiful red brick building, former Carnegie Library, San Luis Obispo County History Museum always attracts visitors to its exciting exhibitions and collections. Here visitors can see exciting displays of antique furniture items, colorful china, old photographs and many more. Since December 2010 the museum features new photograph collections of the San Luis Obispo fishing society acquired by Thom Halls in the 1970s. There is also a lovely gift shop with numerous attractive souvenirs. The museum is open Wednesday through Monday from 11am to 5pm.
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

3) San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (must see)

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art is another cultural center situated in the heart of the city. The changing exhibitions of the museum display fascinating items of contemporary art designs such as paintings, prints, pottery, ceramics and sculptures in all colors and shapes. The workshop offers hand-on activities and educational facilities for children and all those willing to learn about the art creation process. The museum always collaborates with various cultural societies and hosts such thrilling events such as Jazz At the Museum, Movies At the Museum and many others. The museum is open from 11am to 5 pm every day except Tuesdays.
Just Looking Gallery

4) Just Looking Gallery

Founded in the Mission Mall in September of 1984, Just Looking Gallery is one of the leading galleries featuring fine artwork created by local, national and international artists. In a modern light gallery hall, visitors can admire impressive contemporary art, limited version prints and very unique sculptures. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday from 10am to 6pm, Thursdays from 10am to 9pm, Sundays 11pm to 5pm.
Gene Francis Gallery

5) Gene Francis Gallery

Gene Francis Gallery is a private art gallery situated in the heart of the city. The gallery is owned by talented artist Gene Francis and all the artwork that is beautifully displayed here is made by him. Exhibitions include contemporary art paintings, street scene images, photography of natural landscapes and many more.
Hands Gallery

6) Hands Gallery

Hands Gallery is one of the most popular private art galleries in the city for its fascinating exhibitions and attractive gift ideas. For over 16 years, the gallery has been working to support and promote talented local and national artists by displaying their work. Here visitors can purchase contemporary art paintings, glassware, metal and ceramic objects, furniture décor, jewelry accessories and other gorgeous crafts. Works by John Ramos, Phoebe Palmer, David Gurney and other artists can be seen here. The gallery is open Monday-Wednesday 10am-6pm, Thursdays - Saturday 10am-8pm, and Sundays 11am-5pm.

Walking Tours in San Luis Obispo, California

Create Your Own Walk in San Luis Obispo

Create Your Own Walk in San Luis Obispo

Creating your own self-guided walk in San Luis Obispo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
San Luis Obispo Introduction Walking Tour

San Luis Obispo Introduction Walking Tour

San Luis Obispo is a lovely Californian city with strong Spanish heritage. In the very heart of the city there is Mission Plaza named so after the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa founded by the Spaniards in 1700s. Not far off is another popular and somewhat weird attraction, called Bubblegum Alley, and the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art showcasing works of contemporary Californian artists. Nearby...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles