Granny’s-attic feel, great gadgets of yore tell region’s story.
Drop by this sprawling downtown complex to find out what made Paso Robles tick before fancy tasting rooms and suave cuisine. The main exhibition space’s combination thrift shop–granny’s attic feel only heightens the appeal. Paso Robles Pioneer Museum exhibits focus on agricultural and other local occupations and preoccupations. Some of the city’s leading farming and other families receive their due in extended profiles. So, too, does the famous composer, musician, statesman, and local winemaker Ignacy Paderewski.
The Maytag Also Makes Butter
Spinning wheels and a 1911 two-cylinder Maxwell car are among the expected essentials of days gone by, but a hoot are now-incongruous gadgets like the Maytag washer with a butter-making attachment. Elsewhere on the site, you’ll find a replica of the first city jail, a relocated one-room schoolhouse, and a display of old buckboards.
Paso Robles Pioneer Museum Tip
If you’re in Paso Robles in early October, be sure to check out the Pioneer Day festivities, which the museum participates in.
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This story first appeared online in 2017; it was fact-checked and updated in 2022.