Pioneer Museum

Pioneer Museum

Paso Robles has been changing so much just in the last ten years that makes the Pioneer Museum even more important to the preservation of its history. The museum building was erected in 1975 to house farm equipment and old vehicles. It grew to include other buildings, including a Pump Museum for a near turn-of-the-century oil pump used to transport crude oil from the San Joaquin Valley to the Estero Bay. In 2004, the little white 1886 Geneseo schoolhouse was donated and moved from the Creston area to its present site on Riverside Avenue on the museum grounds.

The museum displays western memorabilia like the chuck wagon, important to the history of local cattle ranching. Cases of rifles and shotguns, a general store with its accompanying post office, a pioneer kitchen and bedroom, and early communication devices, such as antique typewriters and a Linotype printing press, that printed type in a straight line, are among the fascinating exhibits in the museum. There is even a display of items related to the world-famous concert pianist and composer Ignace Jan Paderewski, who came to Paso Robles in 1913 for relief of his arthritis in the therapeutic waters of the area hot springs. His bed, photos and personal items are grouped in a representation of his bedroom in the Paso Robles Hotel.

Paderewski interrupted his world tour for three months while he took treatments and then resumed his schedule. He returned to Paso Robles to live, buying two ranches and planting the earliest Zinfandel vines in the area.

Open Thursday-Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Donations requested.
2010 Riverside Avenue, Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 239-4556