Hearst Castle is open and can be reached from the north via Highway 101 to Paso Robles. Due to the recent mudslides in Santa Barbara County, travelers from the Los Angeles area are advised to use Interstate 5.

For Immediate Release

Date:   September 15, 2016


Ty Smith, Chief-Museum Interpretation


Hearst Castle Offers New Tour: “The Art of San Simeon”


San Simeon, Calif.—Hearst Castle will be offering a new tour option for visitors for a limited time. The Art of San Simeon, a special semi-private art focused tour will begin Saturday, September 17, 2016 and run through Friday, June 30, 2017.


The cost of this semi-private tour is $100 per ticket with a capacity of eight persons per tour. From September 17 through October 31, 2016 and from May 1 through June 30, 2017, the tour will be offered twice daily, at 10:00 a.m. and at 2:00 p.m. From November 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017 the tour will be offered once daily, at 2:00 p.m. At the conclusion of the tour, visitors are able to stroll the gardens and terraces at their leisure.


Hearst Castle is world-renowned for the celebrities of the 1920s and 30s who enjoyed its magnificence and today it is the only California State Park that is an art museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. In conceiving his San Simeon estate, William Randolph Hearst and his architect, Julia Morgan, created a unique showplace where Mr. Hearst’s spectacular collection of fine and applied arts was deployed to amuse and educate his guests. On this two-hour semi-private tour, your knowledgeable guide will focus on Hearst and how he acquired his remarkable paintings, tapestries, sculptures, antiquities, and furniture. In groups limited to eight participants, you will see areas that combine the itineraries of the four daytime tours, while continuing to areas in the Castle that have never before been included. Through this immersive experience, you will see Mr. Hearst’s estate just as he would have liked you to see it: as “a museum of the best things that [he could] secure.”



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