History Museum plans reopening strategy


As Santa Clara County amends its shelter-in-place order, a task force for the Los Altos History Museum is planning ways to safely reopen its indoor galleries and gift shop.

For now, the museum remains closed to the public, with the exception of the outdoor courtyard and agricultural exhibit.

Visitors may stroll through the garden courtyard and learn about the history of local agriculture as they browse the outdoor exhibit, which includes a historical tank house, apricot drying shed and walnut huller.

Museum officials request that visitors follow county guidelines regarding social distancing, and refrain from touching exhibit equipment.

Parking is limited due to construction work as the city of Los Altos builds its new community center and a pathway between the center and the library.

Shoppers may now purchase gifts from the Museum Store online at Volunteers will deliver merchandise free of charge within a 5-mile radius of the museum. Anyone living beyond the delivery zone must pay postage to have packages mailed to their residence.

For the foreseeable future, the museum will offer any programs online via Zoom. The current exhibition, “In the Fields of the North/En los Campos del Norte,” is available to view on the museum’s website through Aug. 2. The exhibition highlights the social reality of contemporary migrant farm workers, told through black-and-white photographs by David Bacon and accompanied by narrative text.

“We can’t wait to welcome the public back to the museum, and we are working hard to make sure that when we do reopen our doors, we do so in a way that keeps staff, volunteers and visitors safe,” said Amy Ellison, exhibition curator and chairwoman of the Reopening Task Force Committee.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road.

For more information on upcoming programs and exhibitions, follow the museum on social media, call 948-9427, email hello@ or visit

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