Due to San Mateo County entering the Widespread (Purple) COVID Tier, the San Mateo County History Museum and Archives, Sanchez Adobe and Woodside Store are all closed until further notice. Please enjoy our History at Home and online programs.
The history of the Peninsula from the original native people to today’s inhabitants.
Discover what life was like during California’s first three historic periods.
Discover the rich history of the San Francisco Peninsula’s original country store.
What our visitors are saying about us
“Finally, a history lesson the whole family will enjoy...you'll find enough interactive kiosks, video cameras, microphones, and learning-lab gadgets to keep a generation raised on video games alert and engrossed.”San Francisco MagazineThe Best of the Bay Area: The Obsession Edition
“In terms of topical approach, design, content, and overall execution within a restored historic building, it is the best county museum in California!”John HodgesPast-President, California Heritage Council
“Voted #1 Things To Do in Redwood City”Trip Advisor
“A stunning building... a landmark of the city's resurrection as a thriving, cool downtown that people gravitate to.”@rnginpa
“Wonderful local museum with a balance of informative and interactive exhibits. A great place to go for a sense of San Mateo history.”Shannon M
“Truly a fabulous museum and walk through memory lane.”Sylvia A
“This is one of the best history museums in the Bay Area… the exhibits are always new and interesting.”Barbara B
“It is fabulous. Full of great exhibitions and in a historical building to boot.”Rick E
There has never been a more exciting time to be a member of the SMCHA.
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