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Menlo Park: Museums

Menlo Park museums offer a glimpse into Menlo Park's history dating back to the mid-1800s. Menlo Park has a rich history that includes Native Americans, Spanish settlers and two Irish immigrants who gave the town its name. See history come to life with museums presenting unique displays of everything from town artifacts to diverse art collections. Here are just some of the Menlo Park museums you'll find throughout the area.

Menlo Park Historical Association

The Menlo Park Historical Society, operating at the Menlo Park Historical Association, consists of a group of volunteers working together to preserve the history of Menlo Park, CA. The group focuses on collecting items from the town's past as well as protecting historic buildings. The group was originally located in the historic Gate Lodge when it was first created in 1974. Today, the non-profit organization continues to be active throughout Menlo Park communities. The association has many historical records, including a collection of photographs and recordings of the town's history. New memberships are always welcome.

Menlo Park Historical Association

800 Alma St
Menlo Park, CA
(650) 330-2522

Palo Alto History Museum

The Palo Alto History Museum serves as something of a Menlo Park history museum as well, especially since it details the history of the entire region, which includes Menlo Park. See for yourself how Menlo Park has had an impact on the development of many towns and cities in the area.

Palo Alto History Museum

Po Box 676
Palo Alto, CA
(650) 322-3089

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts

This museum, operated by Stanford University, showcases diverse collections that include everything from Native American and African influences to European and Asian displays. Collections also include 20th century photography and drawings as well as contemporary art displays. Family activities are scheduled throughout the year.

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts

Lomita Drive and Museum Way
Palo Alto, CA
(650) 725 0462

Museum of American Heritage

Combining history and technology, this museum features lively tours and plenty of activities to keep kids fascinated. The museum takes a look at the evolution of technology over the years, using the Palo Alto and Menlo Park areas as an example. Admission is free. Group tours are available for a small fee.

Museum of American Heritage

351 Homer Ave
P.O. Box 1731
Palo Alto, CA
(650) 321-1004

California Academy of Sciences NightLife

A museum for adults, every Thursday the California Academy of Sciences offers a unique experience where adults 21 and over can enjoy music provided by a DJ or live band, sip cocktails and explore aquarium displays and exhibits. Special planetarium shows cap off the evening, along with special themes that just might include some salsa dancing.

California Academy of Sciences NightLife

5 Music Concourse Dr
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
(415) 379-8000

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