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.

Redwood City in Bloom

Redwood City in Bloom (May 20 - Sept. 10, 2017) on exhibit in the Lower Rotunda, features eight photographs depicting the historic floral industry that at one time characterized the entire community.  The exhibit is presented as part of the Redwood City sesquicentennial observances.

Photo courtesy Jim Mori.


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?