“Visit the artisans and historians—they are the ones who open the window that widens the mind and gives joy to the spirit. They tell the story of the past and predict the future. They have much to tell.” ~ The Green Cottage on Morro Bay
Art and Culture
If art is life, then life is the art of capturing experience. San Luis Obispo County calls to the artist in all of us, inviting individuals to shed the normal and reach for the new, raw and eclectic. From soaking up the beautiful ocean views across sprawling sand beaches to shopping for treasures among artists and poets, we invite you to explore, experience and enjoy the ways our area speaks to your soul.
For centuries, spectacular beauty and rich natural resources have defined our area, and the allure lives on. Whether you’re looking for a top-shelf tequila tasting, an original painting, a day spent in a museum or full immersion into the culture of organic farm-fresh-to-table gourmet cuisine, we have it all—and done differently than anywhere else.
To get a true taste of authentic SLO County, spend the day mixing and mingling with the people who breathe life into the area…the artists, musicians, museum curators, castle guides and adobe docents. You’ll find artistic expression brought to life in both the physical and spiritual form. You’ll walk away from your visit with memories to bring you back — time and again.
Art Galleries and Museums — our favorites!
Hearst Castle, a museum like no other
David J. Rogers Watercolor Artist
Museums and the Estuary Program
Anita Marie Jewelry, every Monday at Farmer’s Market in Baywood
Rod Baker, Glass Blowing and Fusing
Spooner Ranch House, Museum and General Store
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History Center of San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum
Harold J Miossi Culture & Performing Arts Center
San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre
Randy Stromsoe, Silversmith, Jewelry
Colony Musuem Atascadero Historic Society
Templeton Historical Museum Society
Chris Burkard Gallery, Photography
Patricia Loomis Research Library
Vandenberg Air Force Base Space & Missile Heritage Center
Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville