History Museum of San Jose


In an effort to share the history of San Jose, the History Museum of San Jose provides exhibits and educational opportunities to all who visit and live in the area. Through discussion and research, the museum aims to keep the rich history of the city alive. The museum is located in History Park, right at the southern end of Kelley Park. The park features 27 homes, landmarks, and business, all highlighting the history of San Jose. In the park are paved streets, trolleys, and a café. The 14-acre site is a fascinating destination for those who want to learn more about San Jose and the history of the Santa Clara Valley. Tourists can pick up a map and enjoy a self-guided tour. The museum store features a variety of items including history books and gifts, and the Museum Café at O'Brien's Candy Store is an excellent place to stop and enjoy lunch mid-tour. The collection at the museum includes early electronics, artifacts, research materials, and a behind the scenes look at how History Park operates. The library provides research materials to thousands of people annually. Materials include records, photographs, maps, and city documents. The library is used by students, environmentalists, genealogists, archeologists, city planners, artists, and filmmakers. There is a staff onsite to help with your questions and research needs.

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