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Right Here

Our Local Stories

June 01, 2018 through June 17, 2018

A follow-on exhibition to "Over Here: Americans at Home in World War I" with local artifacts and stories that focus on the growing Los Altos community in the context of a wartime Peninsula. Featuring personal letters, original newspaper stories, information on Camp Fremont, and graphic posters promoting patriotic messages.

Paint the Town

Echoes of our Past

June 21, 2018 through October 07, 2018

The Museum will display never-before-shown works of art by local artists that showcase "echoes of the past" by representing historical buildings and sites that are still present in our landscape and capture our connection to the past.

Traveling Stitches

Quilts Made At The Day Worker Center of Mountain View

February 15, 2018 through April 29, 2018

In partnership with the Day Worker Center of Mountain View and directed by volunteer Naomi Zamir. Seven Quilts are displayed, created block by block by the day workers. Each square depicts the stories, memories, dreams, ideas and hopes of the day worker who created it.

Over Here

Americans at Home in World War I

April 12, 2018 through May 27, 2018

The Los Altos History Museum is proud to be one of a handful of museums nationwide hosting a special exhibition created by the National Archives during the centennial observation of US involvement in World War I. The US involvement in World War I lasted from April 1917 until November 1918, but in that time almost 3 million U.S. soldiers were drafted.

Instinct Extinct

The Great Pacific Flyway

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.

Celebrating 40 Years and Counting…

September 23, 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.