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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

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


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. For more information click here.

Death and Life of an Object
Thursday, August 27, 7pm
Join us at the Mountain View Library for a discussion about the meanings embedded in historical and everyday materials and the ways artists have used them in creative expression. Marianne Lettieri is a visual artist who works with cultural artifacts and common objects. Her mixed media constructions incorporate visual metaphors such as architectural fragments, ephemera, clothing, and tools to explore life's preoccupations and the shared human desire to remember.

Lettieri has an M.F.A. in Spatial Arts from San Jose State University and B.F.A. from University of Florida. Her artwork is in the collections of the City of Palo Alto, Oracle Corporation, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction. More information about the artist is available at www.mariannelettieri.com.

Recent exhibitions include:
"House/Work" - Peninsula Museum of Art, Burlingame
"Evidence of Life" - Badè Archaeology Museum and Doug Adams Gallery, Berkeley
"Poetics of Disposability" - Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara
"Changing Context" - Azusa Pacific University
"Metaphors and Memories" - Community School of Music and Arts, Mountain View