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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.


April – 3rd grades, Mon thru Fri, 9-noon

Exhibit Opens:
4.28-10.2 —new exhibit: Many Communities, Many Voices: Personal Narratives from the Oral History Collection



5.1 —new exhibit reception

May – 4th grades Mon-Wed-Fri, 9-noon

Special Event:

Garden Party Gala at the Geschke Estate 
May 7, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
Enjoy a rare glimpse of the gardens of one of the most elegant homes in old Los Altos on University Avenue. Plein air artists, chamber music, gourmet appetizers, premier wine tasting and garden boutique. 

In 1926, Frank Marini, a major benefactor to Los Altos and San Francisco, built the four-level Italianate home as the summer home for him and his four “maiden” sisters. In Los Altos, his contributions helped build St. Nicholas Church on Orange Avenue and Marini Hall at the Jesuit Retreat on University Avenue.

After the last sister died in 1969, the home was left to San Francisco College for Women. In 1971, the Tossy family (the late Dr. Jerome) and Tamara Ann Tossy purchased the home for their family. Nan and Chuck Geschke, founding Museum patrons, purchased it in 1995 and began the extensive restoration of the home and grounds. For more information click here.

$150 per person.  Reservations: hello@losaltoshistory.org or call 650-948-9427 x14

5.10—Historical Essay Contest – Ice Cream Social, Tuesday

Special Event:
5.18 —Paul Hau 100th Birthday Reception: Wednesday, May 18 – 5-7pm

5.22 — Japanese Culture Day at Hidden Villa, 1-4pm

Crab Feed Event:
5.22 —Jazz in the Afternoon: Sunday, May 22 - 2-5pm – SOLD OUT


6.5 - Capture History! Learn how to conduct an oral history interview with a member of your community or family. Advance registration required. - 9:30-11:30am Los Altos History Museum


Special Event:
7.10 —Member’s event at the Museum


8.20 - Community Photo Scanning Day: Bring up to five favorite photos of your community and we’ll scan them for you. - 10am-1pm Los Altos History Museum

Crab Feed Event:
8.21 —Antique Evaluation by Steve Yvaska & Lunch: Sunday, August 21 - 11am-3pm at the Museum

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


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

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 —pop-up exhibit opens: Paul Hau


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

Schedule subject to change: know what's going on-join the Museum or SIGN UP FOR EMAIL NOTICES on our website.