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San Mateo County History Museum, Redwood City

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4.5/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
The San Mateo County History Museum, housed in the old County Courthouse, offers visitors an opportunity to discover the San Francisco Peninsula's colorful past from the original Native American inhabitants of yesterday to the Silicon Valley innovators of today.

The 1910 building, on the National Register of Historic Places, features one of the largest stained glass domes in California, an extensive archives library, a thematic gift shop and a huge used bookstore. The beautifully restored space is also available to rent for special events.

The San Mateo County History Museum is part of the San Mateo County Historical Association, a member-supported nonprofit organization. In addition to the museum in Redwood City, the Historical Association operates the Woodside Store in Woodside and the Sanchez Adobe in Pacifica.
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  • It is so exciting to have a history museum downtown. It is a great place to take the kids. When you are there, you should visit the rotunda. It's incredible that it survived the 1907 earthquake. We bo...  read more »
  • This museum is probably most interesting to San Mateo County residents (or someone interested in the local history). It has a good amount of information presented in a way that makes it interesting. T...  read more »
  • Good place to spend a day for family with children. Learning about the history of San Mateo County. You can get free pass via Peninsula Library system. It's located in the heart of Redwood City downto...  read more »
  • Came here for a wedding and it is a beautiful place to hold one. Catering was a buffet, which had ok food, but just the building itself is awesome. I wish they had more rooms about the history of San Mateo though.
  • Amazing place my family and I learned so much
  • Lots of interesting old baseball stories inside. I was surprised to learn so much about how important baseball was to the area.
  • I love that there's a local history museum right downtown. Prices are good and the info and displays offer insights into how Redwood City was settled and developed.
  • Visited on a free entry day (in celebration of the Lunar New Year). They had taichi, wushu and lion dance performance which was pretty cool. Back to the museum, it's small yet pack with tons of interesting facts and stories on San Mateo past. Insights on how cultural, diversity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that made San Mateo the city to live in! Good place to hang for 2-3hours either before or after a movie at the cinema across the street.
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