As the state of California reopens and lifts COVID-19 restrictions, the Los Altos History Museum returns to its regular vistior hours.

Beginning Thursday, the museum’s indoor galleries, train diorama and gift shop will be open noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Tours of the historical

J. Gilbert Smith House also will resume during open hours, subject to docent availability.

The museum’s current exhibition, “Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change,” featuring the work of award-winning conservation photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter, is on display in the Main Gallery through July 11. In the Smith House, visitors may view “The Photography of J. Gilbert Smith,” a collection of black-and-white images of the West, through Nov. 7.

“I’m grateful for the significant work by volunteers and staff who brought us through this difficult year,” said museum executive director Elisabeth Ward. “Being able to offer tours of the J. Gilbert Smith House again is a small return to normal that gladdens the hearts of all of us at the museum.”

For the safety of visitors, the museum requires that anyone who has not been vaccinated wear a mask when entering the facilities. All docents, volunteers and staff onsite are fully vaccinated.

New board members

The museum recently appointed Gerri Acers, Kelly Davis and Alex Wang to serve on its board of directors. Retiring board members include Marcia Adams, Carole Flores and Julia Lovin.

The three new board members begin three-year terms Thursday.

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

To schedule a group tour and for more information, visit