The collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and managed by the Association of the Los Altos Historical Museum. Our database contains more than 14,000 catalog records that range from objects to photographs, biographical information, newspapers, ephemera, art, oral histories, business records and other materials.

Future donations must further the Museum’s mission and scope, and the Museum must be able to appropriately care for the items it accepts. Donations are considered by appointment only and must be approved by Collections staff.

If you have something that you think might be of interest to the Museum, please call the Collections & Exhibitions Manager at 650.948.9427 x16 or email research@losaltoshistory.org with a brief description, the item’s origin and how it connects to Los Altos or Los Altos Hills, and a photo if available.

Please do not mail items or leave items on the property. Our docents and volunteers are not authorized to accept any donations, and the Los Altos History Museum is not responsible for any donation left on its property.

Please note:

  • We reserve the right to decline objects if they are inconsistent with our collecting goals, in poor condition, or if they contain hazardous materials.
  • We do not accept long-term loans.
  • We do not make, arrange or pay for the appraisal of artifacts.
  • We cannot guarantee that your donations will be displayed. Only a small portion of our collection is exhibited at any given time.