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Arts & Museums
Learn about local history at the Morgan Hill Museum. Located in the Villa Mira Monte in a 1911 Craftsman style home, the museum has unique exhibits about local culture. See memorabilia, artifacts and maps and check at the fun temporary exhibits.
Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum is located outside the Almaden Quicksilver County Park in New Almaden, which was the site of famous mercury mines in the country. It is housed in Casa Grande, a white building that historically had 27 rooms and served as a hub for mining managers, their families and workers. It used to have a vault to store liquid mercury (quicksilver), a kitchen, servant quarters and food storage facilities. Today, guests can view the living rooms, parlors and libraries replete with antique furniture that afford a glimpse into the lives of mine owners and managers. This museum also provides free guided tours and takes visitors through the history of this mining region, as well as the unique technologies used to extract liquid mercury from cinnabar ore. It also consists of a three-dimensional replica resembling a mine shaft.
Lick Observatory serves as a leading observational astronomy research and education center open to students, professionals and public. Each half hour, a 15-minute presentation on the history of the observatory is shown in the 36 inch telescope dome. Some of its attractions include the Great Lick Refractor, the Shane Reflector, astronomical catalogs, various displays and more. In the summer, it offers a visitor's program where the public gets the opportunity to gaze through two Lick telescopes as well as a concert series. An on-site shop sells souvenir apparel and gifts with an astronomical flair. Admission is free.
Artik Gallery is run by Artik Art and Architecture, an architectural firm specializing in public art and the design of schools and colleges. This gallery showcases a range of art forms including mixed media works, paintings and sculptures. Most of the artworks are minimalist, though-provoking and exhibit influences from the world of design and architecture. Hence, you might well have a sculpture of a man interspersed with buildings, depicting the effects of urbanization, or works created using engineering objects and everyday materials. Check the website to remain updated about the latest shows.
One among San Jose city's finer museums is the Portuguese Historical Museum. The museum site dates back to 1997, and it replicates the foremost chapel in San Jose. A part of the Kelley Park, it displays exhibits that chronicle the history of Portugal and the journey of the Portuguese immigrants across the globe.
Here's where you come when you need to know all about San Jose's local history. The city is not just about bright lights and bustle; it's also California's oldest, and richest in terms of culture. The park consists of historical landmarks and old houses that forms a quaint village with a breathtaking view of the valley. Go for a long stroll, if you'd like to scour its nooks and crannies on your own, or better still, hitch a ride on the electronic trolley. This car has its own charm, with reversible seats and wooden framework. The park's early car models are also displayed.
Dedicated to the Vietnamese Americans and their encounters, the Viet Museum was established by the Immigrant Resettlement & Cultural Center. It traces the Vietnamese War of Freedom, the refugees and their life post war. Established in August of 2007, the museum is housed within the Greenwalt House on Senter Road. Highlighting the history of Vietnamese immigrants, The Viet Museum makes for an interesting visit.
The Art Ark Gallery is housed in a building exhibiting contemporary architecture and has spacious interiors with soft lighting for viewing art. It serves as a hub and platform for local artists, especially students studying at nearby art schools. The artworks are typically not restricted to one particular medium and are often interdisciplinary in nature. Visitors can view glass works, sculptures, new media and digital art, photographs, ceramic works as well as traditional paintings exploring multifarious themes. The curator also reviews proposals to display art by upcoming artists and provides guidance and support throughout the exhibition, if selected.
The ICA is a non-profit, innovative visual arts space located in downtown San Jose. For more than 20 years, they have presented cutting edge exhibitions featuring emerging and mid-career artists and provided the public a chance to see "what's new" in contemporary art. Exhibitions are accompanied by workshops and lectures to further engage the viewer. In addition to gallery programming, the ICA presents "Night Moves," new media installations in the front and rear windows that are visible only after dark. Admission is free.
As the name suggests, SLG Publishing's Art Boutiki & Gallery is a shop that sells SLG comics and novels. This store does not restrict itself to merely selling comic books, but has established itself as an art hub too. Art Boutiki & Gallery features host of events throughout the week that includes art exhibitions, live music concerts, workshops and seminars. Apart from that, you can also rent the space for occasions like private or social events. For complete details, check the website or call ahead.
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is one of the world's oldest quilt museums and features revolving exhibitions from all over the world. It looks small from the outside, but once you get in, there is plenty of wonderful things to see. Exhibits have included exquisite examples of Amish, Shaker and Hawaiian quilting as well as striking works by contemporary craftsmen. Their staff is well versed in quilt lore and can answer any of your questions or recommend books for any further research you might want to do.
This attractive little art space celebrates the contributions of Latinos to the visual and literary arts. It offers a fascinating look at the important part Latino arts play in the so-called mainstream culture. Every year, high profile artists join with local talents to produce events that address issues in the Latino community. The participants are heavily involved in art education for youth. Also on the premises is a neat little store filled with Hispanic art, figurines and more.