COVID-19 Response

Following guidance from the California Department of Public Health and local public health authorities, we are increasing public access and services in a phased approach at Hearst Castle®/Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument®. Before visiting, please review the COVID-19/FAQ tab on the home page. There you will find information and frequently asked questions regarding your trip to Hearst Castle. Updates about the overall Department of Parks and Recreation response to COVID-19, including safety information, are posted on For more information from the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department click

Hearst Castle tours and the Visitor Center is currently closed. When we reopen, advanced reservations will be required to visit Hearst Castle and/or the Visitor Center

California State Parks is protecting, preserving, and restoring Hearst Castle and its wonders for future generations; this responsibility includes both the historic structures and the priceless art collections in the sumptuous estate.

Hearst Castle Art Collection

Expert conservators are hired on contract to treat works of art. The conservators’ professional training in art history, fine arts, and chemistry is enhanced by technical innovations. Castle staff oversee safe installation and climate control. In addition to state funds, both The Foundation at Hearst Castle and Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation help to pay for conservation of the vast art collection.

Historical Structures

From repairing and maintaining tiled terraces, original plumbing, vintage elevators, and historic wood doors, Hearst Castle’s Historic Building Restoration staff preserve the historic structures of this legendary estate for years to come, conforming to the National Park Service’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation

See how the The Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation is helping to preserve and restore the Castle’s twenty five thousand artifacts, and discover how you can get involved, too.
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Hearst Castle currently has several projects under restoration, which you will see on your tour of The Enchanted Hill: