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.

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.

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.

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.

Agricultural Exhibit & Grounds

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.

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 Smith's 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 Smith's 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.

Spirits Return

Cultural Traditions Keeping Memories Alive

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.