Explore the San Mateo County History Museum

January 15, 2018
Redwood City Attractions

The San Mateo County History Museum is more than a hundred years old. It used to be a courthouse that was transformed into a museum to preserve and share the history of the region and of the county in particular. The history of the location of the museum predates the setting up of the San Mateo County Historical Association, which was formed in the 1930s, and designated as the authority responsible for preserving the cultural heritage of the county. The association was spearheaded by Dr. Frank Stanger, a history professor at the Junior College. In fact, it was Dr. Stranger’s classroom at the college where it all started. The museum continued to remain a private endeavor of the professor for many decades and the present location was only developed in the late nineties.

About San Mateo County History Museum

San Mateo County History Museum houses temporary exhibits and permanent exhibits. The latter include Nature’s Bounty, which explores the lifestyle of people across the Peninsula, how the natural resources helped sustain their livelihoods and the origins of what later became thriving San Francisco. Another significant permanent exhibit is the Journey to Work. It shares the modes of transportation as they evolved over the years and how the developments changed San Mateo. Admission to the museum is $4 for kids and $6 for adults. The museum has a gift store and all exhibits have descriptions providing interesting information. You wouldn’t need a guided tour. The museum hosts many educational programs for schools, families, and adults.

Some of the other prominent permanent exhibits include Living the California Dream and Land of Opportunity, exploring how immigrants found a home in the region and how they helped develop the area to what it is today, Maverick’s and San Mateo County History Makers showcasing the accomplishments of businesses in the region and how they contributed to the future development of the county. There are interesting temporary exhibits such as Charles Parsons’ Ships of the World, Experience the West, Let’s Play Ball and Fight the Bite. San Mateo County History Museum has a distinct architecture with stain glass domes and skylights. It is a favorite wedding venue for local residents and is inarguably the most popular museum in the city.

Stay at Pacific Inn Redwood City

Pacific Inn Redwood City is just a mile and a half south of The San Mateo County History Museum. The hotel, located on El Camino Real, offers easy access to all major tourist attractions in the city and the county. Book your accommodation online at the hotel website to get the best rates: https://www.pacificinnrwc.com/