While the History Museum is open FREE of the First Friday of the Month,  the Playing in the Past pre-school activity time and the tour are offered as online activities.

A young boy and young girl paint with watercolors at Free First Fridays at the San Mateo County History Museum
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cartoon drawing of a shipwreck

At 11a.m., join us and learn about shipwrecks! Children will make their own cork sailboats, which can actually float. Then, they will listen to the story Elliot’s Shipwreck in the exhibit Charles Parsons’ Ships of the World.

In-Person Tour

At 2 p.m., join us for a free general tour featuring highlights of the exhibits. This docent-led tour lasts about an hour.

Online Tour


Free First Friday will continue on Friday, November 3rd with the story Meet My Grandmother: She’s a Supreme Court Justice.

Bonus Story

Jon Miller, our 2018 San Mateo County History Maker, recorded a story for our online Free First Friday in May 2020.