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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.

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We are hiring a new Collections & Exhibitions Manager! Click here for the full job description and how to apply.

Current Exhibit

Many Communities, Many Voices:
Personal Narratives from the Oral History Collection

April 28 to October 2, 2016

What does it mean to be part of a community? Listen to the voices of our oral history contributors and learn how different communities develop, grow and change. See how individuals working within their communities have made history by making lasting contributions to the greater good.

Community Photo Sharing Day
8.20.16 10am-1pm Los Altos History Museum

Think your photos aren't old enough to be a Peek into the Past? Think again! The Los Altos History Museum invites you to our Community Photo Sharing Day on Saturday August 20, from 10am to 1pm, at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Bring up to 5 photo prints showing your community's past and we'll scan them for you. Or bring your digital images to share with us. LAHM is building its collection of great photos of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, and you can be part of it. Join us this Saturday!

The Future of Community: Engage with a distinguished panel to discuss how our communities are developing and changing.
9.29.16 7:30-9:30pm. Los Altos Library

Information/Registration: hello@losaltoshistory.org | 650.948.9427 x14

Crab Feed RYP Events

Couldn't make it to the Crab Feed? Forgot to sign up for these fun events? It's not too late! Click here to see what Reserve Your Place events still have availability and sign up today!

New Exhibit at the Historic Smith House

Backyard Politics:
Political issues and civic engagement in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills

Politics is more than just elections; it’s also about community engagement. Find out how political issues have played out on a local level. See how Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents have shaped the political environment and community in our own backyard. An original exhibit curated by Azha Simmons from items in the Museum collections. On view in the Smith House Gallery through December 2016.

Opening Reception: 8.11.16 Thursday 6-8pm – Smith House porch. Free

Open Thursday-Sundaynoon-4pm. Free.

Upcoming Events

exhibit events


Crab Feed Event:
8.28 —Swinging Sixties Party: Sunday, August 28 - 5-8pm at a gorgeous local home


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

•    Saturday and Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
•    Admission: $5/person (Ages 4 and under free)
•    Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult  
•    On site: Quick Dog Catering & Scoops Gourmet Ice Cream Truck

 Train Days returns to the Los Altos History Museum for two days of train-filled fun celebrating the joy and wonder of model railroading. Elaborate layouts, intricate scenery, and scaled renditions of prototypes and whimsical engines and theme cars complete with steam, lights and sound, will speed the rails to delight visitors of all ages. Explore the gauges and scales associated with model railroading as private collectors and clubs showcase and field questions about the mechanics and electronics of their trains and layouts and the history behind the locomotives and railroads that inspired them.

Participants include:
•    Live Steamers from the Bay Area Garden Railway Society
•    Diablo Pacific Short Line  
•    Golden Gate Lionel Railroad Club  
•    Golden State Toy Train Operators
•    Peninsula NTRAK and AsiaNRail
•    National Model Railroad Association
•    Private Collector: LEGO Layout

Joining the above is: California Operation Lifesaver, who will provide education on proper rail safety and the US Park Service Trails & Rails Program, Train Days' glitter tattoo station and its train-themed marketplace will also be in full gear, and Quick Dog and Scoops will be serving up hot dogs, burgers and ice cream to keep train patrons well-fed throughout the day!

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

Virtual tour of the J. Gilbert Smith House

Check out the virtual tour of the J. Gilbert Smith House on YouTube done by the Library: 3 chapters! Watch below or click here.


County History Today is a video series that highlights points of interest and historical sites in Santa Clara County, California. This video is the first part of a series of three videos that showcases the J. Gilbert Smith House in the City of Los Altos, CA.

LAHM in My Out & About Magazine

The Los Altos History Museum was voted the best museum for Silicon Valley and the Coast by readers of My Out & About Magazine in their annual "What Do Locals Love" ballot!


Support LAHM through AmazonSmile!

Bookmark the Los Altos History Museum AmazonSmile page and use it every time you shop at Amazon.com. By using this link, 0.5% of your eligible purchase total will benefit the Los Altos History Museum.




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Snoopy Plate from California Association of Museums

Did you know that Snoopy supports museums like the Los Altos History Museum? Pre-order a Snoopy license plate here and support all California museums! Once 7,500 license plates are sold, a new museum grant program will be established by the state. Plus, how cute will Snoopy look on your car!

Bob Grimm Memorial

On May 2, 2015 friends and family gathered to celebrate and honor the life of Bob Grimm who passed away on March 21, 2015 while on vacation in Tanzania, Africa. Below is a video of the memorial service. You can also watch it by clicking here.



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