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Our Mission: History inspires imagination, stimulates thought and transforms society.

The Los Altos History Museum preserves and shares our local history to enrich our community and to shape a more informed future.

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Upcoming Events

train daysSaturday & Sunday, September 20-21 - 10am-4pm
Train Days!
Two days of model train layouts all throughout the Museum. $5 for 5 and up, under 5 free.
For more information, click here


bike tourSunday, September 28
Historic Bike Tour
Explore Los Altos by bike - sign up now here; $20 registration fee includes lunch.


ohlone daySaturday, October 4 - 10am-1pm
Ohlone Day
Learn about the Puichon Ohlone with hands-on games, crafts, acorn grinding, and food tasting. Free for all children grades 2-4, parents welcome.


pedal powerExhibit Closes: Sunday, October 5
Pedal Power: from Wacky to Workhorse




catch the spiritWednesday, November 19 - noon-4pm
Catch the Spirit
Get a head start on your holiday shopping, enjoy tours of historic Smith House and refreshments. Free.


September-November 2014
Lean In-style Circles

LAHM in Out & About Magazine

The Los Altos History Museum was voted the best museum for Silicon Valley and the Coast by readers of Out & About Magazine in their annual "What Do Locals Love" ballot!


Virtual tour of the J. Gilbert Smith House

Check out the virtual tour of the J. Gilbert Smith House on YouTube done by the Library: 3 chapters! Watch below or click here.


County History Today is a video series that highlights points of interest and historical sites in Santa Clara County, California. This video is the first part of a series of three videos that showcases the J. Gilbert Smith House in the City of Los Altos, CA.

Current Exhibit

pedal powerSince their introduction, bicycles have been used for work and for whimsy. Experience a unique collection of wacky, wonderful, and workhorse bicycles from around the Bay Area - where mountain biking was born and road-racing legends were formed. From nostalgic high-wheelers and classic Sting-Rays to early mountain and road-racing bikes, and bikes used by soldiers and police officers, you're sure to find many that pique your interest and inspire you to take a ride! A collaboration with GreenTown Los Altos.





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Bookmark the Los Altos History Museum AmazonSmile page and use it every time you shop at Amazon.com. By using this link, 0.5% of your eligible purchase total will benefit the Los Altos History Museum.




The Los Altos History Museum

Snoopy Plate from California Association of Museums

Did you know that Snoopy supports museums like the Los Altos History Museum? Pre-order a Snoopy license plate here and support all California museums! Once 7,500 license plates are sold, a new museum grant program will be established by the state. Plus, how cute will Snoopy look on your car!

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