3901 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone: (650) 493-2760
Fax: (650) 494-7833
3901 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA, US, 94306
- Phone: (650) 493-2760
- Fax: (650) 494-7833
Arts & Museums
Located right next to the picturesque Professorville neighborhood, the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo has been a reliable source of family fun since 1934, when it was established as the first children's museum west of the Mississippi. The zoo houses around 200 species of animals, including snakes, reptiles, tortoises, sharks, raccoons, bats, a red-tailed hawk and two bobcats. A total of 14 hands-on museum exhibits are designed to educate children about physics, earth science and math. It is also a popular destination for field trips and birthday parties.
Located on the Stanford University campus, Hoover Tower offers a small museum at its base and excellent views of the Bay Area at the top at an extremely reasonable price. Visit the museum and then take an elevator ride to the top while a guide tells tidbits of trivia about the tower's history. At 285 feet (87 meters) tall, the tower is a must-visit attraction. Be sure to check out the carillon of 48 bells housed at the top of the tower. Stanford students get in free with ID!
Founded in 1990 from the private collection of Frank Livermore, the Museum of American Heritage is housed in the historic Williams House, a 1907 Craftsman-style home right across from scenic Heritage Park. The museum's exhibits display technology and inventions from the 19th and 20th Centuries in an era-appropriate setting. Special exhibits rotate through the gallery several times a year highlighting certain historical artifacts, from toasters to toys. The museum also offers children's summer camps and several special events throughout the year. Another plus: admission is free, though donations are welcome and appreciated. For your tiny tots the Lego Exhibit is worth a watch, there is also a pretty garden at the back of the museum. A visit to Museum of American Heritage will make you ponder over how life used to be 100 years ago.
In 1994, a group of ten artists from the inland Sepik River area in New Guinea spent five months at Stanford carving 40 sculptures of this wonderful garden. The wood and stone sculptures, most of which depict people and animals, highlight traditional New Guinean myths and creation stories while keeping in mind their context within an American university; everyone finds a story they can relate to in these sculptures, because they express the common emotions of humankind. On the third Sunday of each month at 2p, there is a free, docent-led tour.
The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University at Stanford University is a historic art museum incorporating pieces from the original private collection of Leland Stanford himself. Known widely for its assemblage of over twenty bronze statues in the Rodin Sculpture garden, the museum is the third largest Rodin collector in the world. The Cantor Arts Center also exhibits many diverse visual art displays varying from California artists to international cultural pieces. Visitors can also enrich their educated palette and refresh themselves in the charming museum cafe.
Established in 1860s, Rengstorff House is one of the oldest houses in California's Mountain View. The structure is noted for its beautiful Italianate and Victorian architecture. The house belonged to Henry Rengstorff, a German immigrant, whose family occupied it till the 1950s. The City of Mountain View purchased the home in 1979, following extensive restoration the house was opened to the public in 1991. The house measures 3,955 square feet (367.43 square meters) and feaures 12 spacious rooms with vintage furnishings. This is an ideal location for weddings, ceremonies and receptions. The weather the can play tricks with you but the beauty of the places makes everything worth it.
The Computer History Museum traces the growth of the information age. Opened in 1996, this museum houses an impressive collection of computing artifacts and software, some of which date back to the 1950s. Exhibits, photographs and films on the history of the computer industry are a great insight into the technological revolution and its role in shaping society. The Software Arch, Revolution exhibition, PDP-1 minicomputer and Cray-1 supercomputer are the museum’s highlighting features.
The Old Woodside Store on Tripp Road is actually a wooden cabin that was once used as a dentist clinic, a general store and a post office. Tracing its history to October of 1849, the charming old wooden structure is now home to authentic historic artifacts that chronicle the lumbering history of Woodside, CA. Although admission to the cabin is free, a donation of 2 USD is suggested. There are many educational programs hosted here that provide fun activities for the entire family and shed light on the local history and culture. As such, the Old Woodside Store is often sought for field trips and school picnics.
Is there a better place than Silicon Valley to learn about the history of hi-tech and its impact on the Bay Area and the world? Not likely. This museum offers not only a history of the Intel Corporation and Silicon Valley, but also a display of interesting exhibits on how chips, microprocessors and memory technology all work together. Learn about semiconductors, chip design, fabrication and packaging. Group tours are available. The gift shop is an excellent spot to find mementos from Silicon Valley.
Located at the San Carlos airport, the Hiller Aviation Museum offers a unique insight into the history of aviation. Perfect for school field trips, family outings or aviation enthusiasts, the museum offers over 50 aircraft exhibits including displays of an 1883 glider, a 1986 Boeing Condor, an interactive cockpit of a Boeing 747 and much more. The museum is open seven days a week and group tours can be booked in advance.
Triton Museum of Art is dedicated to the cultural diversity of the greater South Bay Area. For more than 30 years, the museum has offered collections that showcase the history and experiences of diverse South Bay communities including Latino, Japanese and Pacific Islanders among others. It also provides thought-provoking and unfailingly illuminating lectures, classes, panel discussions and tours. Exhibitions change on a monthly basis and admission is free. It is a great place to learn the fascinating history of this area.
De Saisset Museum is named after Isabel de Saisse, who generously donated her estate to the University of Santa Clara. This museum, located on El Camino Real, displays over 10,000 artifacts and artworks, including several paintings by renowned artists. It also hosts temporary exhibitions and other events on a regular basis along with its iconic permanent collection. For updates and other details, call ahead. Open from Tuesdays through Sundays, De Saisset Museum makes for an interesting visit.