San Mateo County History Museum, Redwood City

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#241 of 442 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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  • The Museum is nicely furnished and supplied with all kinds of historical artifacts. It definitely is worth visiting.  more »
  • Very nice venue with vintage costumes and artifacts about San Mateo County. Great sections on World War I and II with cartoons and sketches by the troops. The dome stained glass is amazing.  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Nice. Kids loved it. 5 exhibits and a court room. Good for 90 mins or so.
  • Check out the Mavericks surfing exhibit. Also, the section on western-US suburban growth is illustrated with great artifacts and displays.
  • Clean and nice setup. Lots of information and history about the Sam Mateo county.
  • Interesting museum. Some time can be free. 2 years old toddler was not very cooperative for this kind of museum. I suggest above 5 years old.
  • 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.

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