Tintype Photography

30 Jul 2015 through 29 Feb 2016

J. Gilbert Smith House

Tied to past exhibit, Reflect + Create: Where Art & History Intersect, this vintage tintype photography exhibit is based upon results from a workshop led by Emmy Award-winning instructor, Russell Brown of Adobe Systems.

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Crown of the Peninsula

25 Aug 2019 through 25 Aug 2019

Permanent Exhibit Gallery

The “Crown of the Peninsula” depicts the uses of our local land and its inhabitants over time. Take a journey with the native peoples, Mexican land grantees, early California settlers, and apricot growers as they make what is now Los Altos their home.

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J. Gilbert Smith House

15 May 2018 through 25 Aug 2019

J. Gilbert Smith House

Built from 1901 to 1905 by Oregon native, J. Gilbert Smith, this craftsman-style farm house typifies the early orchard homes of the local area. Originally situated on 14+ acres of prize-winning apricot orchards, the Smiths lived in the home from 1901 until 1973. In 1954 the City of Los Altos purchased the property, including the house and the 10.44 acres of apricot orchards as the site for the Civic Center with the Smiths retaining lifetime residency of the house and a surrounding acre. Upon Mrs. Smith's death in 1973, the home and one acre reverted to the City.

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Agricultural Exhibit & Grounds

30 May 2018 through 25 Aug 2019

The historic gardens surrounding the Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House feature several beautiful towering oak trees, lovely garden plantings and displays of agricultural equipment in use during our early orchard era.

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