No Escaping this Event’s Appeal

By In The News

By Christina Cheng, Town Crier Editorial Intern, Los Altos Town Crier The Los Altos History Museum’s first escape room won’t be its last. Los Altos History Museum exhibition curator Amy Ellison said she “could not have been more pleased” with how the Dec. 6 event went. Held next to the museum at the J. Gilbert Smith House, two groups of participants…

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Tank House Makeover

By Blog

As one of the last remaining water tank towers in Santa Clara County from the agricultural boom of the turn of the last century, the tank house at the Los Altos History Museum is a true historic treasure. The Museum has been working to take care of it since it was first moved to the grounds of the Museum in…

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Ride the BIG SHAKER at History Museum

By Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (December 10, 2019) – The world’s largest mobile earthquake simulator, the BIG SHAKER, rolls into the Los Altos History Museum on Saturday, January 11th, 10am-3pm, weather permitting. In an event titled “Be Prepared for the Big One,” visitors can experience what a magnitude 8.0 earthquake feels like and see what can happen inside their homes if contents…

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History House Book Club

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Margaret Hill Smith grew up in a home full of books. Her father—a lawyer, newspaper editor, and historian—collected classic works of literature by Plutarch, Shakespeare, Nathaniel Hawthorne, among others. The Hills’ library was vast and eclectic, and included books on topics ranging from the history of Mexico to evolutionary biology to the world’s most famous speeches. It’s easy to imagine…

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Museum Exhibit Highlights the History of Hams

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LOS ALTOS, CA (December 3, 2019) – Los Altos History Museum serves up “Ham for the Holidays: Amateur Radio Operators, Then and Now,” a historical perspective on how radio hobbyists help keep neighborhoods safe during disasters, in an exhibit appearing in the J. Gilbert Smith House through January 5, 2020. The exhibit features ham radio equipment through the years, and…

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