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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

Opening Reception
Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 2pm
Come see our newest exhibit Reflect + Create: Where Art and History Intersect
Los Altos History Museum, free

May is Preservation Month and Museum Month!
Wednesday, May 20, 5:30pm & 7pm
Join us at the Museum at 5:30pm for a reception and historic plaque presentation by the Historical Commission. Then meet at the Los Altos Library for a special program at 7pm, where Krista van Laan will discuss her new book Frank Delos Wolfe: California Prairie Architecture, with a special focus on the architect’s Los Altos residences, most notably the Paul Shoup house. The book will be available for purchase. Free.

Vintage Tintype Photography
Saturday July 11, 10:00am to 2:00pm
Create a classic or wacky portrait with a vintage flair! We’ll produce that old-world look using modern-day tools through a gelatin transfer process to a distressed metal surface. The results are like nothing you have seen before: each transfer is totally one-of-a-kind and the colors seem to jump off of the metal surface. Class is limited to 20 students for ages 16 and up. Register by calling 650-948-9427 x14.

Instructor: Russell Brown, Senior Creative Director, Adobe Systems
$10 Museum Members; $20 Non-Members
Proceeds benefit Museum programs


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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: With mastery and breath-taking style, Russell Brown, Senior Creative Director at Adobe Systems, has helped leading designers, illustrators and photographers to master the software tools that have made Adobe's applications the standard by which all others are measured. He shares his delight in testing the creative limits of his tools. 


Lean In-style Circle
Are you an emerging professional woman? Join us Wednesday, June 10 at 5:30pm to hear MYRA NAWABI, leader of the largest Lean-In Circle in the Bay Area tell us how the circles work, what benefits they offer emerging women professionals. With time for questions and answers, we will assess interest in having a Los Altos-based Circle. Free, but registration is required; please contact Grace Perry at GPerry@losaltoshistory.org.