Paso Robles Pioneer Museum

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.

One exhibit details the life of Ignace Paderewski, who grew grapes and made wine in Paso Robles. (Photo courtesy of the museum.)

The Maytag Also Churns Butter

During a visit a few years back, spinning wheels and a 1911 two-cylinder Maxwell car were among the expected essentials of days gone by, but a hoot were incongruous gadgets, part of a since-revised exhibit, 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.


2010 Riverside Ave., Paso Robles 93446

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This story first appeared online in 2017; it was fact-checked and updated in 2023.

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