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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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Call for Submission!

Reflect + Create: Where Art and History Intersect
Los Altos History Museum Seeks Local Artists, Creators and Makers for New Show Opening May 7, 2015

Call for submission! Artists, makers and creators are invited to participate in a new exhibit called Reflect + Create: Where Art and History Intersect which will open on May 7, 2015. This exhibit brings together history and art through selected pieces from the collection; objects, documents, and oral history excerpts will serve as inspiration for original works – quirky or serious. Submission packets can be downloaded here (link) or picked up at the Los Altos History Museum. The deadline is Monday, March 23, 2015. Interested artists and makers will also have the opportunity to view the collections pieces in person on the following dates: Thursday, February 12, 1-4pm or Saturday, February 28, 10am-1pm at the Los Altos History Museum. For more information, contact Johanna Fassbender, Collections & Exhibitions Manager at 650.948.9427 x 16 or jfassbender@losaltoshistory.org.

Current 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

exhibit events

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - noon-4pm
Family Day/Young Minds@the Museum
Los Altos Library 3-D printer demonstrations, The Tech Museum Social Robots, RAFT (Resource Area for Teachers) activities and more. Los Altos History Museum.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 7pm
Film Night
Special showing of the original film, "The Lure and the Legends." Los Altos Stage Company. Museum open 5:30-7 pm.

Lean In-style Circles
Watch for details - coming in Spring 2015

31st Annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest

2015 Theme: Inventors and Risk-Takers Help Make Our Community a Better Place

Consider yourself an inventor and risk-taker. What could you design that would make your community and/or the world a better place? Within your essay, describe your invention, tell how it should be used, and how it will make a difference for others. Complete your essay by describing a day that your invention was actually used. Think about developing an organized flow of ideas. As you write, use interesting vocabulary and creative ideas.

For the complete essay prompt, click here.

For general instructions for teachers and principals, click 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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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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