Exhibits at the San Mateo County History Museum depict the history of the Peninsula - from the original Native American inhabitants to today.  It helps place local history in context by showing how the story here has influenced the outside world, and how the outside world has influenced it.

Nature's Bounty

Nature's Bounty explores how the early people used natural resources to support daily life and help build San Francisco.

Journey to Work

Journey to Work: Pioneering Patterns of Growth tells the story of how transportation transformed the county from frontier to suburb.

Living the California Dream

Living the California Dream features an object theatre that traces the evolution of suburban lifestyle.

Land of Opportunity

Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience in San Mateo County explores the diverse people who have settled in the area.

San Mateo County History Makers

San Mateo County History Makers: Entrepreneurs Who Changed the World chronicles the entrepreneurs who made the county internationally known from the world of finance to high tech to biotech.


Maverick's explores the surfing spot located off the coast at Pillar Point where 40-foot waves draw the best big wave surfers in the world.

Photo of Grant Washburn by Ed Grant.

Ships of the World

Ships of the World features 24 model ships made by Charles Parsons from the plans of historic ships.

Photo by Audrey Luke.

Courtroom A

Court cases were heard in Courtroom A from 1910-1998.

Changing Exhibits

Changing exhibits allow us to highlight events and people who have contributed to the development of the Peninsula.