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History Museum of San Jose

Address: 1650 Senter Road, Kelley Park, San Jose, CA 95112
Phone Number: 408-287-2290
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Ranked #42 of 140 things to do in San Jose
Type: History museums, Museums
Owner description: This multi-dwelling museum occupies 26 acres and is comprised of old buildings, ancient artifacts...
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Type: History museums, Museums
Owner description: 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.

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Fremont, California
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2,102 reviews 2,102 reviews
1,286 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The history museums are small museums that are in History Park. History Park is in Kelly Park in San Jose. I have visited the museums when they are open and they are nice, but small, museums that are on some of the diverse culturual groups in the community. Portuguese Historical Museum, Ng Shing Gung (Chinese- American History), Hellenic House (Greek),... More 

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Granite Bay, California
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

VERY interesting! A collection of historical buildings "collected" from all over the San Jose area. The docents are EXCELLENT. They are very knowledgeable, energetic and friendly. We highly recommend, and will go back again! There is plenty to see, and plenty to LEARN!

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Redwood City, CA
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22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

The San Jose Historical Museum is an amazing location which encompasses so much history of the bay area and especially the Santa Clara Valley. Whoever the first person was that came up with the idea to put all of these historical buildings together was a genius. The San Jose Historical park and museum is located at Kelly Park. The museum... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

History Museum of San Jose is a wonderful place to visit and find out how early San Jose looked and felt. Old houses, a one room schoolhouse, a firehouse, and blacksmith shop all are accessible by walking or by trolley on certain days.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Love the old houses and the docents! lots of antiques to see and great information. I especially liked the toaster in the kitchen and the explanation of how the bath water was heated. The man of the house bathes first and then the kids the mom is last and they all use the same water! :-/

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

It's a great place to take the grandkids. They love the workshop, the attention they get from the volunteer restorers, and most of all the trolley ride. Entrance is free but parking is $6.00. Last time i went the entrance was closed.

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San Jose, California
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34 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

walking thru the park is interesting, you get to see old buildings from San Jose in it's early times. There is an old Ice cream and candy shop. There is a train ride you can take in & out of the park. The train ride out of the park goes to Happy Hollow Park

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