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San Mateo County History Museum

History of the Peninsula from the original Native American inhabitants to today.


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SMCHA Collections

The San Mateo County Historical Association’s collection tells the story of San Mateo County’s development over time.

Through the rich holdings of its Three-Dimensional and Archival Collections, SMCHA is preserving San Mateo County’s cultural heritage and increasing knowledge and inspiration among present and future generations of visitors through exhibitions, research and interpretive programs.

Archives desk at the San Mateo County History Museum with old newspaper articles displayed

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Sanchez Adobe in the background with docents dressed in early California period costume

Sanchez Adobe

The historic site reflects the early eras of California history.

Exterior of the Woodside Store

Woodside Store

Discover the rich history of this 1854 general store.