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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


pedal powerCurrent Exhibit
Pedal Power: From Wacky to Workhorse

Since 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!

Bicycling has a long history in California. This exhibition will tell that story and show the fun and value of cycling-all brought to you by your neighbors.

"Why do I bike? It's fun, it's healthy and it's good for the planet. Plus, it's so easy to connect with people. You're out in the open and can say hi to friends, and even strangers. And I never have a problem finding a place to park!" says Gary Hedden, exhibition coordinator.

"Bikes were a common means of transportation for a long time in America. My excitement? Biking is a great way to connect with our community," added Mike McTighe, exhibition committee member.

The exhibit will feature a vintage collection of bikes including one of the earliest mountain bikes from the legendary Tom Ritchey. Also on exhibit-the very first bike ridden in 1980 by professional Greg LeMond, who trained extensively in our area. Wacky bikes include a wooden one built by a local, Tom Kabat, and a workhorse bike used by the Los Altos Police Department.

Pedal Power offers much more: rides led by local clubs, a design-a-bike event, the popular Historic Bike Tour, and especially for kids, a Bicycle Carnival. Mark your calendar now so you don't miss out. It's going to be fun!

Electric Bike Festival
Saturday, July 26
10am-1pm, Museum


See and ride electric bikes!

Come to the Museum, Saturday, July 26 and see a bamboo electric bike from Calfee Designs, a "classic" e-bike from Vintage Bikes in Los Gatos, and several models from Faraday in San Francisco.

Lots of bikes to ride too!

A collaboration with GreenTown Los Altos

 

Summer Gala: "An American in Paris"
Date changed to September
Enchante Hotel
Celebrate in grand style - and support the Museum! Be the first to explore Los Altos' new boutique hotel at a fabulous cocktail party. Whether or not you are in costume, we hope you will say "oui"!
Tickets $125/person. ($100 is deductible.) Proceeds benefit the Museum.

 

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

 

Saturday & Sunday, September 20-21 - 10am-4pm
Train Days!

 

Sunday, September 28
Historic Bike Tour

 

TBD: Ohlone Day

 

September-November 2014
Lean In-style Circles

 

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

 

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


packard

On Exhibit: October 16 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: