San Benito County Historical Museum

(831) 635-0335


Located in the historic Wapple House in downtown Hollister, San Benito County Historical Museum preserves and showcases the history of San Benito County and Pinnacles National Park.

The Wapple House is a Prairie Style house that was built for local Hollister pharmacist George Wapple. Construction on the house was finished in 1909. The museum features the history of its fascinating architecture as well as the family’s history. Another prominent family in San Benito County that the museum highlights is John Steinbeck’s, whose grandfather Johann Adolf Steinbeck arrived in Hollister circa 1873. The museum features the history of the early families, businesses and industries in Hollister and San Benito County, as well as the heritage of the local Native American culture. Besides the various displays of historic artifacts, the museum also has a library and reading room that contains a large collection of archival materials that include books, public and legal records, and newspapers.

From antique sewing machines to historic musical instruments, pharmaceuticals, historic photographs furnishings, this museum provides an excellent look into the region’s past and what it was like living in San Benito County way back when. The museum is open by appointment only, but well worth making a visit.

The San Benito County Historical Museum is located at 498 Fifth Street, Hollister, CA 95023. For tours and appointments, call (831) 635-0335 or visit




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