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History Museums of San Jose

1650 Senter Road
San Jose, CA

Phone: (408) 287-2290 - Tty: -

Statement of Purpose

The History Museums of San Jose preserve and reflect the rich historical legacy of San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley for the education and enjoyment of all.

The History Museums of San Jose involves diverse audiences in exploring the varieties of human experience that contribute to the continuing history of San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley.


In order to accomplish this mission, the History Museums of San Jose, individually and in partnership with others, will

*Collect, interpret, and preserve the material representations of the region's continuing heritage;

*Utilize a variety of programs, methods, and technologies to share that heritage for the education and enjoyment of all;

*Assist schools in teaching and incorporating the history of the Santa Clara Valley in the curricula at all levels;

*Foster and make broadly accessible the highest level of historical scholarship; and

*Actively advocate on behalf of the value and preservation of the documents, artifacts, and sites that express and represent the rich and diverse history of the region.

Highlights & Collections

The History Museums of San Jose consist of two sites open to the public which document the history of San Jose, California, and the surrounding Santa Clara Valley.

Housed on twenty-five acres in the southernmost section of Kelley Park in San Jose, the San Jose Historical Museum complex offers a unique glance at the old homes and businesses that once graced the streets of San Jose and contributed to the economic life of the Santa Clara Valley in 1870 - 1910.

The History Museums of San Jose also include an historic site in downtown San Jose. The Peralta Adobe, built in 1797, is the last remaining adobe from the pueblo of San Jose, founded in 1777. The Fallon House, built in 1855, was the Italianate-style residence of San Jose's seventh mayor, Thomas Fallon.

Current Exhibits and Upcoming Special Events


San Jose Historical Museum:
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.-- Monday - Friday
Two separate 1-1/2 hour tours of six exhibits (12 total) led by docents.
12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.-- Saturday, Sunday and Holidays
Various exhibits are open with docents at each; visit at your leasure.
Peralta Adobe - Fallon House Historic Site
The buildings are open to the public Tuesday -
Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Admission & Directions:

San Jose Historical Museum:
Adults (18 - 64) $4.00
Seniors (65 & over)$3.00
Children (5 - 17) $2.00
Children under 5 Free
Family Rate (4 individuals - no more than 2 adults) $10.00

Peralta Adobe - Fallon House Historic Site
Admission, which includes guided tours of both buildings, is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors/groups, and $3 for ages 6- 17.

The San Jose Historical Museum is located at the south end of Kelley Park on Senter Rd. in San Jose.
The Peralta Adobe - Fallon House Historical Site is just north of downtown San Jose, corner of San Pedro and St. John

Key Personnel:

David Crosson, President - C E O

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