San Mateo County History Museum, Redwood City

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The San Mateo County History Museum is located in downtown Redwood City, California. Housed inside the former San Mateo County Courthouse built in 1910, the museum showcases the rich history of San Mateo County and the surrounding area. Operations and funding for the museum are by the San Mateo County Historical Association (SMCHA). The current location of this museum opened on February 6, 1999, however from 1963 until 1998 the museum was located at the College of San Mateo. The building is a product of the City Beautiful Movement (1893-1920) and has a stained-glass dome thought to be the largest of its kind on the West Coast.

Two other museums are operated by the SMCHA including the Woodside Store and the Sánchez Adobe Park.
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  • Historic original San Mateo County Courthouse now has a museum inside, currently closed during the virus period, but you are free to roam the grounds and admire the architecture from the outside.  more »
  • I very much enjoyed exploring all the different history galleries of the San Mateo Country Museum. Since it was Christma time, they also had a Christmas tree up. I liked the technology entrepreneur....  more »
  • Very interestingly told, many fascinating original items from the 1800s. I went through the museum with thought, and spent a total 5 hours wandering around and learning so many new things. I especially loved the court room and the miniature saddles. Thank you!!
  • Spent an enjoyable, interesting couple hours here with my 11 and 13 year old. Came away having learned much more about San Mateo County and an appreciation for its history and connection to the City of San Francisco. Good , memorable sections on Native American, Spanish and Mexican history, focusing on economy; Transport through the ages; and urbanisation. Housed in the original County Courthouse which itself has a history of being used, abused and finding new life.
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