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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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Now on Exhibit!

lure and legend
October 18, 2014 - April 19, 2015

Silicon Valley: The Lure and the Legends answers the question, "Why here?" What was it that led the Valley of Heart's Delight from orchards to oscillators? And who were the visionaries and risk takers who made it happen? This is the story of the "who" and "why" behind the "what."  Displays highlight the ingredients in the "recipe" for Silicon Valley: Stanford University, the role of the military and federal government, corporate culture, climate and the venture capital community, and focuses on the local factors and folks contributing to this very special place.



Upcoming Events

now and thenSunday, December 7 & 14, 1-3pm
"Now and Then"
Travel in time through two worlds - the "Now" of Silicon Valley, and the "Then" of the Valley of Heart's Delight on two successive Sundays in December. Enjoy holiday shopping, meet local authors and enjoy tours of the historic Smith House decorated for the holidays. Refreshments. Free.


September-November 2014
Lean In-style Circles

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!


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.

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!

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