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Our Mission: History inspires imagination, stimulates thought and transforms society.

The Los Altos History Museum preserves and shares our local history to enrich our community and to shape a more informed future.

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Train Days Returns September 20-21!

train daysCommunity favorite, Train Days, returns to the Los Altos History Museum for two days of train-filled fun celebrating the joy and wonder of model railroading. Elaborate layouts, intricate scenery and scaled renditions of prototypes and whimsical engines and theme cars, complete with steam, lights and sound, will speed along rails to delight visitors of all ages. Explore the gauges and scales associated with model railroading as private collectors and clubs as they showcase and answer questions about their American, European and Asian layouts:

  1. Live Steamers from the Bay Area Garden Railway Society (G scale)
  2. Diablo Pacific Short Line (G scale)
  3. Golden Gate Lionel Railroad Club (O scale)
  4. Private Collector: Swiss Narrow Gauge (HO scale)
  5. Peninsula NTrak and AsiaNrail (N scale)
  6. Private Collector: the Civil War's First Battle of Manassas / Bull Run (N scale)

Also on board will be California Operation Lifesaver, providing education on proper rail safety. And gourmet food trucks will be onsite selling delectables to satiate Train Days patrons. For more information, click here.

LAHM in Out & About Magazine

The Los Altos History Museum was voted the best museum for Silicon Valley and the Coast by readers of Out & About Magazine in their annual "What Do Locals Love" ballot!


Virtual tour of the J. Gilbert Smith House

Check out the virtual tour of the J. Gilbert Smith House on YouTube done by the Library: 3 chapters! Watch below or click here.


County History Today is a video series that highlights points of interest and historical sites in Santa Clara County, California. This video is the first part of a series of three videos that showcases the J. Gilbert Smith House in the City of Los Altos, CA.

Current Exhibit

pedal powerSince their introduction, bicycles have been used for work and for whimsy. Experience a unique collection of wacky, wonderful, and workhorse bicycles from around the Bay Area - where mountain biking was born and road-racing legends were formed. From nostalgic high-wheelers and classic Sting-Rays to early mountain and road-racing bikes, and bikes used by soldiers and police officers, you're sure to find many that pique your interest and inspire you to take a ride! A collaboration with GreenTown Los Altos.





Upcoming Events

Sunday, September 7 - 10am-noon
Moon Fest!
Children’s craft workshop to build a Moon Festival lantern
For more information, click here

Saturday & Sunday, September 20-21 - 10am-4pm
Train Days!
Admission: $5 per person (under 4 free)
Food, drinks, and train items for sale
For more information, click here

Sunday, September 28
Historic Bike Tour

Saturday, October 4 - 10am-Noon
Free for all children grades 2-4, parents welcome
Ohlone Day

Learn about the Puichon Ohlone with four experienced teachers. Activities include hands-on games, crafts, acorn grinding, and food tasting.

September-November 2014
Lean In-style Circles

Wednesday, November 19 - Noon-4pm
Catch the Spirit!

Saturday, February 7, 2015
28th Crab Feed & Auction

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Snoopy Plate from California Association of Museums

Did you know that Snoopy supports museums like the Los Altos History Museum? Pre-order a Snoopy license plate here and support all California museums! Once 7,500 license plates are sold, a new museum grant program will be established by the state. Plus, how cute will Snoopy look on your car!

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