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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.

Exhibit Information

Current Exhibit

pedal powerPedal 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!

A collaboration with GreenTown Los Altos

Future Exhibit

Opening October 18
Silicon Valley: the Lure & the Legends
Explore the stories of the people here who helped make Silicon Valley what it is today. For more information click here.