The San Mateo County History Museum is not only a historical archive but also an interactive experience. The museum archives feature a history through books, photographs, maps, newspapers, and records. The Sanchez Adobe then gives a glimpse of life before the Gold Rush. The historic Woodside Store then takes you back to shopping in 1880, while Encore Books on the Square has over 30,000 used copies for browsing. It’s always a good time to take a step into the past and visit the San Mateo County History Museum, but these upcoming events are extra incentive!
San Mateo County History Museum Upcoming Events
April 16, 11am-4pm, Free
The 11th Annual Maritime Day is being held in conjunction with the San Mateo County STEM Festival. For the event, the San Mateo County History Museum will celebrate the Charles Parsons’ Ships of the World exhibit. This exhibit features 24 historic ship models on display that were hand-crafted by Charles Parsons over the course of several years. At the April event, there will be information on local maritime history as well as crafts to participate in. You will be able to built your own model ship, make a lighthouse, learn how to tie knots used on ships, design a signal flag, and make a nautical bracelet. All these activities lead back to the early 1850s, when ships were one of the best ways to get to California!
Old Woodside Store Day
May 1, 12-4pm, Free
The San Mateo County History Museum will be hosting a special family day at the onsite Old Woodside Store. You will be able to travel back in time to the 1880s and learn the history of the store as well as redwood logging activities in San Mateo and the surrounding area. There will be some hands-on activities, such as making rag dolls, using a two-man saw, and participating in contests. Local band 27strings will be playing some bluegrass tunes for the event!
Free First Fridays
May 6, June 3, July 1, 10am, Free
For every first Friday of the month, admission is free at the San Mateo County History Museum! You will be able to explore the museum and receive a general tour starting at 2pm. This hourlong tour led by museum staff will highlight long-term exhibits. Meet in the Rotunda beforehand!
Human Trafficking Awareness Day
May 14, 10:30am-4pm, Free
There will be a rally, art exhibitions, and fair trade vendors at Courthouse Square and in the San Mateo County History Museum for this event. The benefit is meant to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking through the museum’s Courthouse Docket series. The presentations given are based on the museum’s exhibit Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience in San Mateo County. The panel discussion will be “Human Trafficking in San Mateo County: What It Is and how You Can Help in Prevention and Rescue.” A reception will follow the discussion.
An Old Fashioned Fourth
July 4, 10am-4pm, Half-Price Admission
The Fourth of July is a great time to celebrate, and the San Mateo County History Museum will be hosting holiday crafts from the past, ice cream-making, and archive film-showings. You will also be able to watch the Redwood City parade from the San Mateo County History Museum. Be sure to represent America by wearing red, white, and blue!
Some History at Mill Rose Inn
Mill Rose Inn has some rich history of its own. The 1900s cottage was contracted in 1980 and converted into a bed and breakfast. The interior and floral design pair with the gardens and landscaping. Meanwhile, antiques, watercolors, opulent decor, and period furnishings keep with the historical nature of the inn. After touring the San Mateo County History Museum, escape to this elegant seaside retreat to continue enjoying some California history.