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Museum of American Heritage

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Computers & Technology
  • Education & Literacy


351 Homer AvenueP. O. Box 1731Palo Alto, CA 94302 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Museum of American Heritage preserves and presents the evolution of American invention. We seek to maintain and develop a public space in which all members of the community can better understand the present and envision the future by rediscovering the technological genius of our past.


Founded in 1985, the Museum of American Heritage opened its doors as a public museum in 1990. The museum preserves and presents the evolution of American invention, with collections that focus on Nineteenth and early Twentieth century mechanical and electrical devices. Housed in an historic 1907 residence in downtown Palo Alto, the museum features permanent exhibits including a kitchen, doctor's office, general store, and print shop. Two main galleries show three special theme exhibits annually. A 1500 square foot Learning Center provides space for meetings, lectures, classes, and events. The Museum is surrounded by historic gardens.The Museum is a non-profit corporation and is supported solely by memberships, donations, grants and class fees. Admission to the Museum is free.


Would you recommend Museum of American Heritage?
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by Indraneel K. (September 3, 2017)
I love working here as a garden volunteer! It is a welcome break for me every Tuesday to be around plants and trees. And I get to work with my hands for a change: watering, planting, pruning. The fellow volunteers are very friendly and there is a nice community feel to the activity.
by Ally K. from San Jose, CA (August 29, 2016)
I volunteered in the warehouse at MOAH for a few weeks when I was transitioning between jobs. It was a great opportunity! I had a lot of flexibility about choosing a project I wanted to work on, the folks there were super nice, and the warehouse is a fascinating place. Unfortunately, the warehouse opportunities are all weekdays during the day, so I had to stop coming once I got a new job, but I'd highly recommend this opportunity to others.

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