LOS ALTOS, CA (June 22, 2021) – As the state of California safely reopens and lifts COVID-19 restrictions, the Los Altos History Museum returns to its regular open hours. Beginning July 1, the public may visit the Museum’s indoor galleries, train diorama and gift shop Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 4pm. Tours of the historic J. Gilbert Smith House will also resume during open hours, subject to docent availability.
The Museum’s current exhibition, “Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change,” features the work of award-winning conservation photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter, on display in the Main Gallery through July 11. In the Smith House through November 7, visitors may view “The Photography of J. Gilbert Smith,” a collection of black-and-white images of the West.
“I’m grateful for the significant work by volunteers and staff who brought us through this difficult year,” said Executive Director Dr. Elisabeth Ward. “Being able to offer tours of the J. Gilbert Smith House again is a small return to normal that gladdens the hearts of all of us at the Museum.”
For the safety of all visitors, the Museum requires that any visitor who has not been vaccinated wear a mask when entering the facilities. All docents, volunteers, and staff on site are fully vaccinated.
Admission to the Museum is free. To schedule a group tour, visit the website at losaltoshistory.org/visit.
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 accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, visit: losaltoshistory.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.