Celebrating 40 Years and Counting…

September 21, 2017 through December 31, 2017

An exhibition celebrating the Los Altos History Museum's 40th anniversary as a community organization. It explores the stories created through the years by friends and volunteers and provides a peek into plans for the future.

I Want the Wide American Earth

An Asian Pacific American Story

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.

Our Community Through the Eyes of Children

July 07, 2017 through September 10, 2017

This exhibit showcases artistic response to the question: "Los Altos is a community of ...", by K-6 students participating in the Los Altos School District's 4-week summer school program at Almond School. The art project provides a unique opportunity to express creativity around this theme. Resulting works are on display in the J.Gilbert Smith House Gallery and first floor conference room.

Eichler Homes

Modernism for the Masses

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 so appealing.

Seaweed, Salmon & Manzanita Cider

A California Indian Feast

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 lens.

Love One Another

Raggedy Ann and Andy

November 11, 2016 through July 02, 2017

The Los Altos History Museum welcomes Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy to the Smith Gallery located upstairs in the J. Gilbert Smith House. The exhibit tells the history of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy, Americas' beloved duo introduced in1918, and showcases over 60 dolls adopted by Diane Simmons over the last 40 years.

Hau Beiren @ 100

Works from the Old Apricot Villa

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 work has been exhibited and collected in the U.S. and abroad. Mary Hau has been his partner and best supporter in life and work during their 70+ years together.

Backyard Politics

Political Issues and Civic Engagement in Los Altos & Los Altos Hills

August 11, 2016 through November 06, 2016

Politics is more than just elections; it’s also about community engagement. Find out how political issues have played out on a local level.

Early Photos of Los Altos

Selection from the Collection

March 01, 2016 through July 31, 2016

These early photographs portray various aspects of our local community in the first half of the 1900s.

Many Communities, Many Voices

Personal Narratives from the Oral History Collection

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 community.