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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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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 Scanning Day: Bring up to five favorite photos of your community and we’ll scan them for you.
8.20.16 10am-1pm Los Altos History Museum

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.
9.25.2016 10am-12noon Los Altos History Museum

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

Employment Opportunities

*         Bookkeeper/Accountant

*         Assistant to the Executive Director (development, marketing & administration)

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

Visit the Los Altos History Museum to get a glimpse of early Los Altos. Photos from the Museum's collection are now on exhibit on the second floor of the 1905 J. Gilbert Smith house and show early businesses and industry, the influence of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, and what community life was like. A special section is dedicated to photos showing the Smith Family and their home.

Open Thursday-Sundaynoon-4pm. Free.

Upcoming Events

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8.20 - Community Photo Scanning Day: Bring up to five favorite photos of your community and we’ll scan them for you. - 10am-1pm Los Altos History Museum

Crab Feed Event:
8.21 —Antique Evaluation by Steve Yvaska & Lunch: Sunday, August 21 - 11am-3pm at the Museum

Crab Feed Event:
8.28 —Swinging Sixties Party: Sunday, August 28 - 5-8pm at the Trapnell home

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.


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.

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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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