San Mateo County History Museum, Redwood City

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#235 of 441 in Museums in California
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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  • Lovely little museum. Easy to go through beautiful glass and marble from the early 1900s. I grew up in Redwood City it is wonderful to still have our courthouse square and have so many community event...  more »
  • Very informative history of the area, quite insightful. Impressed w/ the model ship builder, intrigued w/ the various miniatures displayed. Being of Asian heritage, we learned alot in the immigrant se...  more »
  • We were very impressed with the atmosphere. The ceiling is very beautifully done. Good use of your time is you are near the Courthouse Museum in Redwood City  more »
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  • I spent the good portion of a day here during Redwood City's Christmas celebrations. I loved it. There is a lot of cool stuff about Redwood City history and a lot of neat rooms to explore. The building is also beautiful inside and out. Some of the exhibits, however, are blatant funder-brownnose (the computing exhibit) or very much lacking in content (the surfing exhibit).
  • Great museum in a historical court house. The exhibits helped me learned a good deal about the history of San Mateo County and much much. I especially enjoyed the exhibits about the many ethnic cultures and their contributions to San Mateo County. A great place to visit no matter your age. Just see the inside of the building is worth the price of admission alone. Cheers.
  • Looked nice enough but not great for young kids. My 3 year old got antsy and we couldn't stay long enough to make it through the whole thing. We saw some cool model boats, and exhibits about world war 2, and the development of the suburbs. Overall a nice place to learn about the area for older kids and adults.
  • Good place to explore about the local history. Learnt a lot about local transportation and suburb culture of san Mateo county. Ships of the world is a must visit gallery. There were handcrafted models of ship on display. The video and audio presentations were informative.
  • Really great museum. Really glad that we went in and spent an hour or two there. Friendly staff and a mix of interesting stories and deeply moving reflection on history.

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