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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

exhibit events

Exhibit Program Ongoing:
Sundays—Smith House Tours, 2pm

Board Meetings: 1st Wednesdays, 4 pm, Museum

Community Program:
Second Wednesdays—Lean In Circle, 6-8pm. Networking for emerging professional women. Free, registration required.


Crab Feed Event:
8.28 —Swinging Sixties Party: Sunday, August 28 - 5-8pm at gorgeous local home


Special Event:
9.17 & 18 —Train Days №7! 10am-4pm

•    Saturday and Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
•    Admission: $5/person (Ages 4 and under free)
•    Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult  
•    On site: Quick Dog Catering & Scoops Gourmet Ice Cream Truck

 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 the rails to delight visitors of all ages. Explore the gauges and scales associated with model railroading as private collectors and clubs showcase and field questions about the mechanics and electronics of their trains and layouts and the history behind the locomotives and railroads that inspired them.

Participants include:
•    Live Steamers from the Bay Area Garden Railway Society
•    Diablo Pacific Short Line  
•    Golden Gate Lionel Railroad Club  
•    Golden State Toy Train Operators
•    Peninsula NTRAK and AsiaNRail
•    National Model Railroad Association
•    Private Collector: LEGO Layout

Joining the above is: California Operation Lifesaver, who will provide education on proper rail safety and the US Park Service Trails & Rails Program, Train Days' glitter tattoo station and its train-themed marketplace will also be in full gear, and Quick Dog and Scoops will be serving up hot dogs, burgers and ice cream to keep train patrons well-fed throughout the day!

9.25 - Save Your Treasures! Get advice from museum experts about how to take care of your historical treasures. One treasure per person, please; NOT an appraisal. - 10am-12noon Los Altos History Museum

9.29 - The Future of Community: Engage with a distinguished panel to discuss how our communities are developing and changing. - 7:30-9:30pm. Los Altos Library


Exhibit Closes:
10.2 - Many Communities, Many Voices: Personal Narratives from the Oral History Collection

Exhibit Opens:
10.13-11.13 - Beiren at 100 - solo exhibit of representative works from Hau Beiren (also know as Paul Hau and Hou Beiren), the internationally renown artist and long-term Los Altos resident.  He and his wife, Mary Hau, have lived in Los Altos since 1962. Master Hau's work has been exhibited and collected in the U.S. and abroad. His home, "Old Apricot Villa," in north Los Altos has been the major inspiration for his ground-breaking work uniting Chinese brush painting tradition with the bold and impressionistic work of the West, thus creating his own "splash ink and color" painting style.  We are proud to present this one-month only solo exhibit in the Main Gallery.  Related programs for adults and children to be announced at a later date.





Exhibit Closes:
11.13 —pop-up exhibit closes: Paul Hau

Special Event:
11.16 – Catch the Spirit! Noon-4pm

Info: 650.948-9427 x14 or hello@losaltoshistory.org

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