Changing Exhibits

Our Story

Our Story (through November 15, 2020) is a two-part exhibit. Transformation of a Courthouse in the Lower Rotunda highlights the changes on the block over 160 years, including images of the four courthouse buildings.  The photographs in 20 Years in Redwood City in the Lane Hallway highlight the activities at the History Museum in the 20 years since it opened at the “Old Courthouse.”

Left: Third and second courthouses after the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.

After Promontory

After Promontory: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Transcontinental Railroading (May 10, 2019 - May 2021) is on display in the Changing Exhibit Gallery.  The Center for Railroad Photography & Art ( and the San Mateo County Historical Association have collaborated to present this traveling exhibition of photographs to mark the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad.

Left: Trestle on Central Pacific Railroad. Carleton E. Watkins. J. Paul Getty Museum.  

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 Peninsula 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?