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History Museum of San Jose

1650 Senter Rd, Kelley Park, San Jose, CA 95112-2599
+1 408-287-2290
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Great attraction for history buffs or families

Conveniently co-located with other family-friendly activities, a great glimpse back into the area... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2017
Tres W
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Sunnyvale, California
A Great Museum

This is a place of immense interest of old San Jose items. Lots of historical items are there... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
Diane H
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San Jose, California
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This multi-dwelling museum occupies 26 acres and is comprised of old buildings, ancient artifacts and sacred grounds that tell the story of San Jose and its surrounding area.
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good33%
  • Average25%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“trolley ride” (2 reviews)
“schoolhouse” (2 reviews)
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1650 Senter Rd, Kelley Park, San Jose, CA 95112-2599
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

Conveniently co-located with other family-friendly activities, a great glimpse back into the area history. And the trolley ride is great!

Thank Tres W
Reviewed 13 February 2017

This is a place of immense interest of old San Jose items. Lots of historical items are there. Plus the docents are very informative.

Thank Diane H
Reviewed 14 October 2016

We enjoyed our visit very much. We got to chat to a volunteer in the street car and machinery space, got a demonstration of old style printing and visited a number of interesting old houses. Recommended for any one interested in history or for showing...More

Thank MelbourneKaz
Reviewed 28 September 2016

This outdoor/indoor museum is in the middle of the petting zoo and Japanese friendship gardens. So you can spend the day with animals, history, and culture without have to leave the park.

Thank Norma W
Reviewed 17 August 2016

I visited this last week with my 11 year old son, a family friend, and her three daughters. I liked that it was free to go into but since we visited on a week day, none of the buildings (other than the hotel and ice...More

Thank Nelleigh
Reviewed 14 July 2016

This living history museum isn't extravagant or sophisticated but it gives a realistic picture of San Jose's past. The different cultures of immigration are represented and give an unusual flavor to the park. A great outing for families who want to explore history together.

Thank Margaret S
Reviewed 18 May 2016

We went History museum because there was a concert event. Between sessions, we strolled around and relived old San Jose. Park setting is actually interesting for a one time look and see.

Thank Mario E. B
Reviewed 15 March 2016

This is a wonderful outdoor museum. A number of homes and businesses from the 1800's have been moved to this location and it is set up like a small town. There is a Trolley barn that houses a variety of antique autos and trolley's that...More

Thank Mary S
Reviewed 29 December 2015

Although San Jose had not truly preserved and honored its past, this museum contains many interesting and significant exhibits. One can see the office of A. P. Giannini, the founder of the Bank of Italy, now the Bank of America, artifacts from the earliest days...More

Thank TJFLG42
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Went there during Halloween time - was really fun for small kids. It's hard to find anything similar to this place in the Bay Area.

Thank R H
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