Past Exhibits

Instinct Extinct

January 25, 2018 through March 31, 2018

The extraordinary story of birds—their beauty, their biology, their migrations, and their ecosystems. This is a multimedia art installation inspired by the spectacular natural instinct of birds to travel thousands of miles up and down the Western edge of North America. Read More »

I Want the Wide American Earth

October 19, 2017 through January 07, 2018

Created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), this exhibition celebrates how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of this nation’s history. Read More »

Eichler Homes

April 29, 2017 through October 08, 2017

Eichler Homes
This exhibit explores Eichler Homes, and Joseph Eichler’s dream of affordable contemporary homes, which he built from 1949 to 1974. Through photos, mid-century modern furnishings, and memorabilia, the story of an era filled with optimism and prosperity will shine a light on the structural building blocks that make Eichler living... Read More »

Seaweed, Salmon & Manzanita Cider

January 14, 2017 through April 16, 2017

The exhibit explores traditional California Indian food sources, their extensive and sophisticated system of environmental knowledge underlying use of food resources, the importance and continuing use of native foods in contemporary California Indian communities and examines contemporary issues of food localization, sustainability, nutrition and environmental health through an alternative, older... Read More »

Hau Beiren @ 100

October 13, 2016 through December 31, 2016

In recognition of his 100th year, the Los Altos History Museum is honoring long-time Los Altos resident Paul Hau, regarded as one of the most influential Chinese artists. Hau Beiren (also known as Paul Hau and Pei-Jen Hau), an internationally renown painter, and his wife, Mary Hau, have lived in Los Altos since 1956. His... Read More »

Many Communities, Many Voices

April 28, 2016 through October 02, 2016

This original exhibit explores our diverse communities over time, drawing on the Los Altos History Museum’s Oral History Collection. These narratives allow us to reflect on our present and future, see how we connect, and ask ourselves how we can contribute to the change we want to see in our... Read More »

Spirits Return

October 29, 2015 through April 17, 2016

This original exhibit is a multicultural look at traditions and rituals of how we remember and honor our loved ones who have passed on. Read More »

Reflect + Create

May 07, 2015 through October 04, 2015

Creating things is human – it connects us to the world around us and is a form of storytelling. Objects that are held in Museum collections also inspire storytelling and can help us draw unexpected connections to contemporary issues and perspectives. Read More »

Silicon Valley

October 18, 2014 through April 18, 2015

This original exhibit begins to answer the question, “why here?” What was it that led the Valley of Heart’s Delight from orchards to oscillators? Who were the visionaries and risk takers who made it happen? Read More »

Pedal Power

April 10, 2014 through October 05, 2014

Pedal Power From Whacky to Workhorse
Since 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. Read More »