LA museum exhibition explores history of gadgets


The Los Altos History Museum’s latest exhibition, “Gadgets Galore! Transforming the American Household,” highlights how gadgets from alarm clocks to coffeemakers, cellphones and cameras originated and came to play such an integral role in daily life.

“Gadgets Galore!” is on display at the museum’s J. Gilbert Smith House through Sept 15.

“Industrialization allowed items to be produced faster, in larger quantities, made over longer hours and distributed greater distances,” said Heather Farquhar, the museum’s deputy director. “What came before the cellphone? Or the vacuum cleaner?”

Farquhar said visitors can explore the display on a scavenger hunt and discover ancestors of some of today’s gadgets.

The museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are located at 51 S. South Antonio Road. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is free.

For more information, call 948-9427, ext. 14, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

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