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San Mateo County History Museum, Redwood City
(4.5/5 based on 45 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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  • Loved the old courthouse museum. It's a great source of history of our county and city. It took me down memory lane and makes me sad to see so much development and change in the city. It has a great d...  more »
  • Extremely nice history of Bay Area. The story of people who settled this area and American/California dream. A lot of people haven't heard about it, but it's one of this underrated gem that is worth s...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • I would have liked to see more about the Ohlone, but the museum has some really thoughtful exhibits like a telegraph machine that can actually transmit messages to another machine on the other side of the room. I would definitely recommend a visit if you're in the area!
  • Nice little museum with interesting exhibits on ships, entrepreneurs, immigrant culture and history in San Mateo, Maverick's, and more.
  • Lots of interesting old baseball stories inside. I was surprised to learn so much about how important baseball was to the area.
  • 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.
  • 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.