In 2002 a group of local veterans formed the Museum Founding Committee. The committee’s task was to develop the guiding principles for the Museum and to articulate a vision for what the Museum would look like and how it would operate. The Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum was incorporated by the State of California as a Section 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Museum is housed in the San Luis Obispo Veterans Memorial Building through the generosity of the County of San Luis Obispo.
Over the past eighteen years, the Museum’s collection of artifacts, documents, pictures, firearms, and uniforms has continually grown thanks to the donations of people from communities on the Central Coast and throughout the United States. As a result, the number and thoroughness of the displays have grown.
Museum volunteers have donated their time and effort to make it possible for us to share their knowledge with our visitors and to become increasingly involved in community events.
- “A Great Find”
- “I was so moved when I went inside.”
- David M.
- “What an experience”
- “I learned so much history about our past. ”
- Jane W.
- “So Moved”
- “Everything I saw moved me, what a find.”
- Steven family
- “Everyone there was so knowledgeable and helpful.”
- Mark and Julie