Museum’s Exhibit Explores the History of Gadgets

LOS ALTOS, CA (May 28, 2019) From alarm clocks to coffeemakers, cell phones to cameras, gadgets are an integral part of daily life. But that wasn’t always the case. Los Altos History Museum presents “Gadgets Galore! Transforming the American Household,” an exhibit that looks at how we came to have so many gadgets in our lives and where they originated, on display at the J. Gilbert Smith House May 30-Sept 15.

“Industrialization allowed items to be produced faster, in larger quantities, made over longer hours, and distributed greater distances,” said Heather Farquhar, Los Altos History Museum’s deputy director. “What came before the cell phone? Or the vacuum cleaner? Explore the exhibit on a scavenger hunt, and discover ancestors of some of today’s most coveted gadgets!”

An opening reception will be held on Sunday, June 2, from 2-4pm.

Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collections, permanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, go to:, email, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10,