The William Randolph Hearst exhibit located in the Visitor Center offers guests an insightful look into the Castle, its architect Julia Morgan, and its owner W.R. Hearst. Family histories, vintage photographs, and historical documents provide a more intimate look at Mr. Hearst’s personal life. Beautiful works of art from his collection give a glimpse of the treasures seen on tour. A display dedicated to Mr. Hearst’s career in media, publishing, and politics features an audio recording of a political address he made. A short video highlights the film career of Marion Davies. Young visitors to the Castle can explore the exhibit with a free Treasure Hunt map provided at the desk inside the exhibit doors. A prize is awarded to participants. Children and adults alike will enjoy the “touch gallery” – a display of tiles, marble, textiles, and other materials used in the art and architecture of the Castle that allows guests to experience the collection in a tactile way not allowed on tour. This permanent exhibit is free to the public as a service of Hearst Castle San Simeon State Historical Monument.
Historic Mission – San Luis Obispo
The county is home to two prominent missions. San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, was founded in 1772. Surrounding the mission is Mission Plaza, a venue for outdoor events — festivals, concerts and special events.
Apple Farm Mill House
2015 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
An authentic working grist mill amid scenic gardens and waterfalls. Visitors can watch as an ingenious system of pulleys, shafts, gears and water produces stone-ground wheat, fresh apple cider and even ice cream.