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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.

Upcoming Events

train daysSaturday & Sunday, September 20-21 - 10am-4pm
Train Days!
Admission: $5 per person (under 4 free)
For more information, click here


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.

"We're thrilled that our favorites are returning, and to bring something new every year," says event chair Kristen Fuller. "This year, we will go back in time as far as the Civil War, with the historic First Battle of Manassas, plus we will again go around the world to Asia and beyond - in HO and N scale."

Marking 150 years of passenger service on the Peninsula, trains are integral to America’s history. In 1907 Southern Pacific put Los Altos on the map with its steam railway connecting Palo Alto to Los Gatos. Mirroring railroad development through the years, you’ll see the transition from early steam locomotives to diesel engines up through electric and high-speed passenger trains—all scaled in miniature. Whether you’re new to model railroading or have been an enthusiast for years, come join the fun and see why it is one of the most beloved hobbies around the world.


bike tourSunday, September 28
Historic Bike Tour
Explore Los Altos by bike - sign up now here; $20 registration fee includes lunch.




ohlone daySaturday, 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


catch the spiritWednesday, November 19 - Noon-4pm
Catch the Spirit!
Get a head start on your holiday shopping, enjoy tours of historic Smith House and refreshments. Free.






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


On Exhibit: October 18 through April 2015
Silicon Valley: The Lure & Legends

Showcasing dozens of local visionaries who helped create Silicon Valley, this original exhibition will answer the question:
"why here?"
What was it that led the Valley of Heart's Delight from orchards to oscillators?

Who were the visionaries and risk takers who made it happen?

The exhibit will focus on local folks who made good, created by the amazing team who brought us ground-breaking original exhibits on Wallace Stegner, Lucile & David Packard and Josephine & Frank Duveneck.
This is the story of the "who" and the "why" behind the "what." 
Don't miss it!

Opening Reception:Sunday, October 19 - 2-4 pm

Exhibit Programs: