History Museum Plans Reopening Strategy

LOS ALTOS, CA (June 9, 2020) As Santa Clara County amends its shelter-in-place Order, a task force for the Los Altos History Museum makes plans for how to safely reopen its indoor galleries and gift shop in the future. For now, the Museum remains closed to the public, with the exception of the outdoor courtyard and agricultural exhibit.

Visitors may stroll through the garden courtyard and learn about the history of local agriculture as they browse the outdoor exhibit, which includes a historical Tank House, apricot drying shed, and walnut huller. The Museum requests that visitors follow County guidelines regarding social distancing, and refrain from touching exhibit equipment. Parking is limited due to construction work as the City of Los Altos builds a new community center and a pathway between the center and the library.

Shoppers may now purchase gifts from the Museum Store online at losaltoshistory.org/shop. Volunteers will deliver merchandise free within a five-mile radius of the Museum. Anyone living beyond the delivery zone will need to pay postage to have packages mailed to their household.

For the foreseeable future, the Museum will offer any programs online via Zoom. The current exhibition, “In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte,” is available to view on the Museum’s website through August 2nd. The exhibition highlights the social reality of contemporary migrant farm workers, told through black-and-white photographs by David Bacon and accompanied by narrative text.

“We can’t wait to welcome the public back to the Museum, and we are working hard to make sure that when we do reopen our doors, we do so in a way that keeps staff, volunteers, and visitors safe,” said Dr. Amy Ellison, Exhibition Curator and Chair of the Reopening Task Force Committee.

To stay informed about upcoming programs and exhibits, follow the Museum on social media, or visit the website at losaltoshistory.org

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 rentduring 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.

For more information, visit: www.losaltoshistory.org, email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10, eward@losaltoshistory.org