Free First Fridays

Admission will be free at the History Museum on the first Friday of the month. Explore the museum, enjoy Playing in the Past and a General Tour.

Playing in the Past

Preschool Activity Hour starting at 11 a.m.

An exciting hour of crafting, exploring and storytelling held the first Friday of the month. Each month there is a different craft and story. Starts in the Wells Fargo Learning Center.


Come learn about Obon, a traditional Japanese festival!  Make and decorate a paper fan to take home.  Then, join us in exploring the Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience in San Mateo County where you can listen to the story Bon Odori Dancer.

General Tour Starting at 2 p.m.

Explore local history from the time of original Native American residents to today. This hour-long tour will include some of the highlights of the museum's long-term exhibits. Starts in the Rotunda.


August 3, 2018: Toot and Pop in Charles Parsons' Ships of the World

September 7, 2018: The Vegetables We Eat in Nature's Bounty

October 5, 2018: My Car in Journey to Work