Changing Exhibits

Peninsula at War! San Mateo County's World War II Legacy

Discover Peninsula at War! San Mateo County's World War II Legacy (Dec. 7, 2016 - Feb. 4, 2019). Through artifacts, images and oral histories, the exhibit explores the contributions of local service members and highlight home front activities. Wartime activities in San Mateo County included civilian defense, hospitals, industries such as Eimac and Western Pipe & Steel, internment camps, military training centers, coastal defense, salvage and war bond drives, USO centers and victory gardens.

Sketches from World War I

On exhibit in the Lower Rotunda, Sketches from World War I (September 19, 2017 - January 14, 2018) features art by Peninsula soldier Alvin Page Colby.  He created the sketches when he was training at Camp Lewis and then serving in France as a cook in the 91st “Wild West” Infantry Division.  Colby was a Burlingame resident working at Wisnom’s Hardware when he joined the Army.  His letters home often included comic sketches about daily life, many of which will be featured in the exhibit. 

Courtesy Descendants of Alvin Page Colby.


Gardeners of Identity: Basques in San Mateo County

Of the 58,000 Basques living in the United States today, the largest population resides in California. Gardeners of Identity (open March 2010) explores the Basque culture, how it came to San Mateo County and its many unique traditions that have become an important part of the local community.

San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame

World-class athletes have trained and competed in San Mateo County. In the Upper Rotunda and Hallways, the San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame features plaques with pictures and information about each athlete inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Do you know the identity of this Jefferson High School athlete?