Cayucos History Museum
With such a rich history, The Cayucos History Museum, conveniently located inside the Cayucos Visitors Center at 41 South Ocean Ave is a ‘Must-See’.
The Museum features the Cayucos Historical Society’s permanent collection, as well as rotating exhibits, related to the town’s history. The unique collections attract researchers to the museum and serves as the basic resource for the Society’s educational programs. When visiting, chances are you will meet a Society Board member eager to tell you about the history of this charming little town – so pristine and visibly relaxed – along the gorgeous California Highway 1 Discovery Route.
There’s a dugout kayak mounted on the wall of the Visitors Center. The name Cayucos is believed to come from little fishing boats like this one, used by the Saliman and Chumash peoples who originally inhabited the area. Part of an original Mexican land grant, the name Cayucos means kayak or canoe which were used to hunt sea otters along the coast. Now protected from human predators, those fun-loving sea otters are a main attraction here. The Visitor Center and History Museum currently features an impressive exhibit of Captain James Cass. Cayucos was officially “settled” in 1867 by Captain Cass. The Captain, whose impeccably restored home still bears his name, recognized the excellent shipping location and built the pier, a store, and a warehouse that came to be known as Cayucos Landing.
The Visitor Center and History Museum is open to the public every Friday through Sunday 11-4 and Mondays 1-4. Phone: 805.995.1200