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Los Altos History Museum reopens with expanded exhibition of ‘Suffrage’

Rise Up! The Fight for Women’s Suffrage.
Courtesy of Los Altos History Museum
Visitors to the Los Altos History Museum can now go inside to view the current exhibition, “Rise Up! The Fight for Women’s Suffrage.”

The Los Altos History Museum plans to open its indoor main gallery to visitors for the first time since March, with an expanded version of its exhibition “Rise Up! The Fight for Women’s Suffrage,” beginning Thursday.

The museum has followed a phased reopening plan, in accordance with Santa Clara County guidelines. Stage one allowed visitors to browse the garden and outdoor agricultural display, as well as a mini-exhibition of “Rise Up!” mounted on the wraparound porch of the J. Gilbert Smith House.

With the go-ahead from the county, the museum now enters stage two, with visitors allowed to view exhibitions in the main gallery, while the upstairs permanent exhibition with its model-train diorama remains closed. The historical J. Gilbert Smith House also will remain closed until further notice.

“We’re thrilled to welcome visitors back to the museum, and to share the complete version of our ‘Rise Up!’ exhibition, which was originally scheduled to open in our gallery back in July,’” said exhibition curator Amy Ellison. “The outdoor exhibition was just a sneak peek – the indoor exhibition offers even more stories about the local, state and national movements for women’s suffrage. We’ll also have historic artifacts related to women’s suffrage, local women’s clubs and women’s rights movements
on display.”

To ensure the safety of visitors, the museum is reducing the number of people who may enter at any one time to no more than six. Anyone over the age of 2 must wear a mask, use the hand sanitizer provided at the entrance and practice 6-foot social distancing. Masks will be sold in the museum’s store if a visitor arrives without one. Anyone exhibiting signs of COVID-19 will not be admitted. Public bathrooms will be closed.

“We are grateful to be able to offer a safe opportunity for enrichment while we all work to keep our community healthy,” Ellison said.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Thursday hours are reserved for seniors and vulnerable visitors, with reservations required through the website. Fridays through Sundays are on a walk-in basis.

Admission is free.

For more information, call 948.9427, ext. 14, or visit losaltoshistory.org/visit/schedule.

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