History Museum Reopens with Expanded Exhibition

By September 29, 2020October 3rd, 2020Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (September 29, 2020) Los Altos History Museum opens its indoor main gallery to visitors for the first time since March, with an expanded version of its exhibition, “Rise Up! The Fight for Women’s Suffrage,” beginning October 15. The exhibition and the lobby gift shop will be open Fri-Sun, noon-4pm, with special hours reserved for seniors/vulnerable visitors on Thursdays, noon-4pm.

The Museum has followed a phased reopening plan, in accordance with County guidelines. Stage one allowed visitors to browse the garden and outdoor Agricultural Exhibit, as well as the mini-exhibition of “Rise Up!” mounted on the wraparound porch of the J. Gilbert Smith House. With the go-ahead from the County, the Museum now enters stage two, with visitors allowed to view exhibits in the main gallery, while the upstairs permanent exhibit with its model train diorama remains closed. The historic J. Gilbert Smith House will also remain closed until further notice.

“We’re thrilled to welcome visitors back to the Museum, and to share the complete version of our Rise Up! exhibition, which was originally scheduled to open in our gallery back in July,’” said Exhibition Curator Dr. Amy Ellison. “The outdoor exhibit was just a sneak peek– the indoor exhibition offers even more stories about the local, state, and national movements for women’s suffrage. We’ll also have historic artifacts related to women’s suffrage, local women’s clubs, and women’s rights movements on display.”

To ensure the safety of its visitors, the Museum is reducing the number of people who may enter at any one time to no more than six people. Everyone over the age of two must wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer provided at the entrance, and practice safe 6-ft physical distancing. Masks will be sold in the Museum’s store if a visitor arrives without one. Anyone exhibiting signs of COVID-19 will not be admitted. Public bathrooms will be closed. Thursdays are set aside for seniors and at-risk visitors, with reservations required through the website. For a full list of what to expect at your visit, see the Museum’s website at losaltoshistory.org/visit/schedule.

“We are grateful to be able to offer a safe opportunity for enrichment while we all work to keep our community healthy,” said Ellison.

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 is open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are always accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, visit: www.losaltoshistory.org, email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

Media Contact: Marketing@losaltoshistory.org

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

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