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Historic Sites

San Mateo County/Silicon Valley is the best of the San Francisco Bay Area. All of "the good stuff" in history happened here! When Spanish explorer Captain Juan Gaspar de Portol√° discovered San Francisco Bay in 1769, it happened in San Mateo County. The garage where Hewlett-Packard blazed a trail at the forefront of the electronics revolution is in Palo Alto. Explore our history and discover for yourself.

ARTS COUNCIL OF SAN MATEO COUNTY

The Council advocates for the arts and artists at the state and county level.The gallery displays mixed-media art work...

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1219 Ralston Avenue, Belmont 94002

Phone: (650) 593-1816

Website: http://www.smcoarts.org

Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia

An icon of American pop culture, over 550 unique Pez dispensers have been produced since 1950, and the Burlingame Museum of Pez...

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214 California Drive, Burlingame 94010

Phone: (650) 347-2301

Website: http://www.burlingamepezmuseum.com

BURLINGAME RAILROAD STATION

First permanent building in the mission revival style in San Mateo County.

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California Drive and Burlingame Avenue 94010

Phone: (650) 344-1735

COLMA CEMETERIES

Early tycoons and financiers of San Mateo County including Crocker, Flood, Spreckles, Hooper, Clarke and Hearst lie at Cypress Lawn...

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Phone: (650) 757-1676

Colma Historical Association

An organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting the unique history of Colma.

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1500 Hillside Blvd. 94014

Phone: (650) 757-1676

Website: http://www.colmahistory.org

Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden

The Colonial/Georgian Revival style house, was built in 1902 by the grandson of the co-founder of the Procter & Gamble...

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1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto 94301

Phone: 650-329-1356

Website: http://www.gamblegarden.org

FILOLI CENTER

Location used for many films and the TV series “Dynasty” is a rare, historically important example of an early 1900’s...

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86 Canada Road, Woodside, CA 94062., Woodside 94062

Phone: (650) 364-8300, ext. 507 or 508

Website: http://www.filoli.org

Hiller Aviation Museum

Facility showcases the past, present and future of aviation with a wide array of aircraft, interactive hands-on displays, and multimedia...

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601 Skyway Road, San Carlos 94070

Phone: (650) 654-0200

Website: http://www.hiller.org

Historical Society of South San Francisco

Knowledgeable docents are available to answer questions and guide visitors.  The Museum collection includes: • Vintage wedding gowns and other...

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80 Chestnut Avenue, South San Francisco 94080

Phone: 650-829-3825

Website: http://www.ssf.net/index.aspx?NID=1274

JOHNSTON HOUSE

Unique eastern

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800 Higgins Canyon, Half Moon Bay 94019

Phone: (650) 726-3050

Website: http://www.johnstonhouse.org

Kohl Mansion

Revered for its stately brick mansion and surrounding estate, Burlingame’s Kohl Mansion is the epitome of elegant weddings and...

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2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame 94010

Phone: (650) 762-1136

Website: http://www.kohl-mansion.com/

LATHROP HOUSE

Built in 1863, the mansion is now a historic post-Civil War house museum.

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627 Hamilton St.

Phone: (650) 365-5564

Peninsula Museum of Art

Located in a wonderful environment for art, in a lovely park in the middle of the Peninsula. The Twin Pines...

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1777 California Drive, Burlingame 94010

Website: http://www.peninsulamuseum.org

PIGEON POINT LIGHTHOUSE

One of the tallest lighthouses in the U.S. built in 1872 following a string of shipwrecks . Now serves as a...

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Highway 1 and Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero 94060

Phone: (650) 879-0633

POINT MONTARA LIGHTHOUSE

Picturesque 1875 light station served as a naval training base during WW II and became a hostel in 1980. Call to schedule...

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16th Street and Highway 1 94037

Phone: (650) 728-7177

PULGAS WATER TEMPLE

Built in 1938, the temple commemorates the completion of the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct which brings water to Crystal Springs Reservoir from...

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Just off Canada Road by the Crystal Springs Reservoir.

Ralston Hall

Victorian mansion completed in 1868 and furnished with priceless antiques is now the location of the Notre Dame de Namur University....

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1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont

Phone: (650) 508-3501

Website: http://www.ralstonhall.com/

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MUSEUMS

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MUSEUMS host a series of rotating displays throughout all terminals.The LouisA. Turpen Aviation Museum, located...

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San Francisco International Airport.

Phone: (650)821-6700

San Mateo County History Museum

Museum features exhibits depicting the history of the Peninsula through the times of the Ohlone Indians, the Spanish explorers, the...

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2200 Broadway Street, Redwood City 94063

Phone: (650) 299-0104

Website: http://www.historysmc.org

Sanchez Adobe

Restored 1848 rancho-era adobe furnished with period pieces traces the various periods of California’s past. Call to schedule a tour.

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1000 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica 94044

Phone: (650) 359-1462

Website: http://www.historysmc.org

SS JEREMIAH O’BRIEN

The SS JEREMIAH O’BRIEN is one of two remaining fully functional Liberty ships of the 2,710 built and launched during...

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Pier 45 Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco 94133

Phone: (415) 544-0100

Website: http://www.ssjeremiahobrien.org/

STANFORD LINEAR ACCELERATOR

Tours of the two-mile-long linear electron accelerator, which explores the small particles of atoms, include a lecture/slide presentation and...

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2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park 94025

Phone: 650-926-3300 ext. 2204

USS HORNET MUSEUM

This aircraft carrier is now a museum. It has docent guides, a flight simulator, and elevator lift to the flight...

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Pier 3, Alameda Point, Alameda 94501

Phone: 510-521-8448

Website: http://www.uss-hornet.org

WOODSIDE STORE

Dr. Robert Tripp’s store is a relic of the early timber operations in California.An early center of the...

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3300 Tripp Road at Kings Mountain Road, Woodside 94062

Phone: (650) 851-7615

Website: http://www.historysmc.org