Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House Foundation

Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House Foundation Two museums in Campbell, CA in the heart of Silicon Valley: the Campbell Historical Museum and the historic Ainsley House.
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The Ainsley House, a historic house museum, was the third home of local cannery owner John Colpitts Ainsley and his wife Alcinda. The Campbell Historical Museum offers artifacts that help visitors interpret and recall the vanishing world of Santa Clara County's past. Both museums are owned and operated by the city of Campbell.

Mission: The mission of the Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House is to interpret to a broad public audience, in innovative and meaningful ways, the history of the Campbell area from its pioneer beginnings to the 21st century and relate that history within the broader context of the Santa Clara Valley and encompassing region.

LAST EVER DOWNTOWN TOUR this Saturday with Barney Terrell! Seriously. Sadly, Historian Barney Terrell is moving out of s...
05/17/2019

LAST EVER DOWNTOWN TOUR this Saturday with Barney Terrell! Seriously. Sadly, Historian Barney Terrell is moving out of state and will be giving his LAST downtown history walk this Saturday at 10am. We hope to carry on his legacy by finding new volunteers to give the walk, but Barney is the OG! Tour is FREE and will meet in front of Blueline Pizza at 10am. If heavy rain, it will be cancelled. Photo Credit: Alfiya Ganieva #weekendfun #free #localhistory #campbellmuseums #getyourstepsin

#onthisday, in some unknown year, Campbell Union High School, Experimental Theatre presented "Theaterama" directed by Ke...
05/14/2019

#onthisday, in some unknown year, Campbell Union High School, Experimental Theatre presented "Theaterama" directed by Kenneth N. Wallace. The nontraditional show had music, comedy, drama, dance, and even sports. #typetuesday #handwriting #design #campbellmuseums

Happy #MothersDay! Today we not only celebrate the lovely women in our lives, but also the generations of women that cam...
05/12/2019

Happy #MothersDay! Today we not only celebrate the lovely women in our lives, but also the generations of women that came before them. In this family photo from around 1900, the back of the image helps to document a family from a century ago. While we do not know the family's surname, or even who wrote the note on the back, we do know that their mother, father, and grandparents are pictured. We may not have full names, but instead we have the intimate monikers used by the author of the note. The note was meant for the writer's use, and it is unlikely they thought that a century later a museum would be trying to fill in the missing information. Noted on back, from left to right, back row to front row: "Geo., Grandpa, Wayne, Julia Barber, Mother, Mother's girl, Leala, Daddy, Grandma [in center], Sis (Wayne's wife), Mary Cunningham, Aunty, Frank, Vivian, Dewie, the [?] pup "Dick"." #familyphotos #dogs #campbellmuseums

#onthisday in 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt was in Campbell, CA and everyone came to watch as he drove by on horse a...
05/11/2019

#onthisday in 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt was in Campbell, CA and everyone came to watch as he drove by on horse and carriage to later give a speech at Campbell High School. Learn more about his visit in our exhibit "Celebrating Community: Parades and Festivals" at the Campbell Historical Museum. #presidents #parades #campbellmuseums #1900s

This week's Throwback Thursday features a photograph of the Maxwells Post Office employees in 1914. At this time, the po...
05/10/2019

This week's Throwback Thursday features a photograph of the Maxwells Post Office employees in 1914. At this time, the post office was located on Campbell Avenue and its staff was comprised of mail carriers, post office clerks and a postmaster. Pictured from left to right: Walter Dowton, mail carrier, Henry Young, mail carrier, Charles Townsend, mail carrier; Onie Putnam, clerk; and Charlotte "Lottie" Miracle, postmaster. Campbell's rural-free mail delivery used horse-drawn carriages to deliver mail. However, by 1914, the post was delivered via automobiles.

The vintage #packaging for this "Palmolive Brushless Shaving Cream" is clean and stylish. Unlike most Palmolive branding...
05/07/2019

The vintage #packaging for this "Palmolive Brushless Shaving Cream" is clean and stylish. Unlike most Palmolive branding that is all-caps with harsh angles, this font has nice, rounded edges. Date unknown, likely 1960s. #typetuesday #design #fonts #shaving #campbellmuseums

Filoli is always amazing but can't wait to see the new exhibit.
05/03/2019

Filoli is always amazing but can't wait to see the new exhibit.

From our Garden staff to chauffeurs to housemaids and cooks - learn about the people who made Filoli home in our upcoming exhibition - Nest: Creating Home! It will run from May 10 to November 10, 2019. The People of Filoli exhibition tells the stories of key staff who migrated to the area in support of this working estate. The estate took a community people to create and sustain, and was built as a labor of love by many immigrants over time. They did not each live in isolation, but rather created their own home built from different cultures, different languages, and different beliefs for a common goal. #filolinest

Images from the Filoli Archive

www.filoli.org/nest

Your childhood game could be worth thousands! Our May #objectofthemonth explores the world of marbles. #Marbles have exi...
05/01/2019

Your childhood game could be worth thousands! Our May #objectofthemonth explores the world of marbles. #Marbles have existed since at least the time of the Romans and Egyptians, using walnuts, clay, or stone. The technique to make the modern glass marbles we know and love was invented in the 1840s by a German glass blower. Around 1900, machine made glass marbles allowed for mass production. Marble collecting is a thriving community and a few rare marbles can sell for thousands of dollars! The Master Marble Company formed in 1930 and closed in 1941 (became Master Glass). Master Marble Company gained prominence when, in 1933, they exhibited millions of marbles at the Chicago World's Fair. A collector's "College Edition" box was produced for the event. These boxes are now a collectors item. We do not have the box, and many of the marbles are missing, but we still have the marble bag that was part of this noteworthy set. Some of the marble styles included in the set are called sunbursts, tigereyes, meteors, comets, cloudies, and catseyes. #toys #campbellmuseums

Enjoying the entire #design of this c. 1900 Louis Bustanoby liqueur bottle. This "Forbidden fruit Liqueur" was grapfruit...
04/30/2019

Enjoying the entire #design of this c. 1900 Louis Bustanoby liqueur bottle. This "Forbidden fruit Liqueur" was grapfruit flavored. #Typetuesday #packaging #bottles #1900s #campbellmuseums

Did you know that listening to Jazz music is good for your health?  Check out this infographic and then come check out t...
04/26/2019

Did you know that listening to Jazz music is good for your health? Check out this infographic and then come check out the Wine and Music series at the Ainsley House: www.campbellmuseums.com/shop

Bonus: Museums are also good for your health, and a visit to the Ainsley House historic house museum is included in the tickets!

This week's Throwback Thursday features a class photo at Hamilton School on Bascom Avenue, c. 1910 captured by photograp...
04/25/2019

This week's Throwback Thursday features a class photo at Hamilton School on Bascom Avenue, c. 1910 captured by photographer Andrew P. Hill. The school was probably named for Campbell resident Zeri Hamilton, who purchased 200 acres of land nearby and built his home at the intersection of Meridian Road and Hamilton Avenue. Hamilton School was near present-day Stokes Street

"To play, turn bottom up. To stop, turn back." When something is on fire, the word "play" is probably the last thing on ...
04/23/2019

"To play, turn bottom up. To stop, turn back." When something is on fire, the word "play" is probably the last thing on my mind! Interesting to see how language has changed since this fire extinguisher was made in 1903. So stay safe and enjoy the #design of this week's #typetuesday wonder. #safety #Campbellmuseums

Polyester is the most widely used textile material. You are probably wearing some right now! Come see "Wearing the Livin...
04/22/2019

Polyester is the most widely used textile material. You are probably wearing some right now! Come see "Wearing the Living World: How Fashion Impacts Nature," on view at the Ainsley House, and learn more about the clothes you wear and their affect on our planet. What steps do you take to protect the planet from the fashion industry? Share in the comments! #earthday #fastfashion #campbellmuseums #globalwalrming

History Happy Hour is happening at the Ainsley House! Did you know? In 1874, the total percent of the federal budget tak...
04/20/2019

History Happy Hour is happening at the Ainsley House! Did you know? In 1874, the total percent of the federal budget taken up by soldier pensions was 9 percent. Thank you to our speaker, Barney Terrell!

All aboard! This week's Throwback Thursday features Campbell's first Railroad Depot around 1900. Train depots were (and ...
04/19/2019

All aboard! This week's Throwback Thursday features Campbell's first Railroad Depot around 1900. Train depots were (and still are) a common part of railroad facilities and exist as the place in which passengers or freight are loaded or unloaded. This railroad depot in Campbell was built in 1886 by the South Pacific Coast Railroad Company. On the right, this print depicts a train engine and car with the South Pacific Coast Sunset logo. The sign on the train depot reads, "Campbell to San Francisco - 50 9/10 miles." The women wear typical wasp-waist dresses and hats, common clothing in the early twentieth-century.

This English Lighthouse Brand Needle #package knows how to use multiple #fonts without giving those ransom note vibes! #...
04/16/2019

This English Lighthouse Brand Needle #package knows how to use multiple #fonts without giving those ransom note vibes! #typetuesday #sewing #madeinengland #campbellmuseums

Second Saturdays Artwalk and Entertainment
04/13/2019
Second Saturdays Artwalk and Entertainment

Second Saturdays Artwalk and Entertainment

Join us for our first Second Saturdays of 2019! We've got a nice collection of artists and makers lined up for you to explore in Downtown Campbell.

Appreciating the #typeface on this Tod'l #package. Tod'l was marketed as a "Skin Cleanser Sudsing Antibacterial Emollien...
04/09/2019

Appreciating the #typeface on this Tod'l #package. Tod'l was marketed as a "Skin Cleanser Sudsing Antibacterial Emollient". This mid-century remedy claimed to relieve and prevent common skin disorders in infants and children. #typetuesday #medicine #design #mid-century #campbellmuseums

04/05/2019
SJG School of Music

We've got some tickets left. The Wine and Music series is a fantastic way to experience the South Bay Music scene in a unique historical venue! www.campbellmuseums.com/shop

The Ainsley House is hosting a special events for the public to tour the historic Ainsley House, enjoy wine and light refreshments co-sponsored by Campbell Museums and SJG School of Music and listen to a concert of local music artists in a beautiful setting.

Admission is $20 per adult and will include live music in the Carriage House, light appetizers, wine from local participating wineries, and an unguided tour of the historic Ainsley House.

Get Tickets: https://www.campbellmuseums.com/shop

This week's Throwback Thursday features a photograph of East Campbell Avenue, c. 1909. In this photograph you'll notice ...
04/05/2019

This week's Throwback Thursday features a photograph of East Campbell Avenue, c. 1909. In this photograph you'll notice several early twentieth-century businesses in Campbell including Benjamin O. Curry's real estate business, Campbell's Methodist Church and several bakeries.

Thank you to the Metro and its readers! The results of the 2019 Metro Magazine's annual Best of Silicon Valley reader's ...
04/04/2019
The Best of Silicon Valley 2019 | Features & Columns

Thank you to the Metro and its readers! The results of the 2019 Metro Magazine's annual Best of Silicon Valley reader's poll have been announced and the Campbell Historical Museum has been awarded runner-up in the best historical collection category!

Here in the South Bay we have home-grown mixologists, shaking up innovative cocktails and mad-genius hop-heads, brewing all shades and flavors of craft beer. There are entrepreneurial hair stylists and internationally recognized tattoo artists, who look to the local population as their walking canva...

Happy #typetuesday Today, we appreciate this flyswatter packaging, which was provided for free with the purchase of one ...
04/02/2019

Happy #typetuesday Today, we appreciate this flyswatter packaging, which was provided for free with the purchase of one of Babbitt's many soap products. At the bottom it also notes that Babbitt's products make "useful and beautiful presents." #campbellmuseums #soap #packaging #design #insects

For our #objectofthemonth in April we have several items from our Sister City in Taiwan. "Sister Cities" or "twin towns"...
04/01/2019

For our #objectofthemonth in April we have several items from our Sister City in Taiwan. "Sister Cities" or "twin towns" are a form of legal or social agreement between towns, cities, counties, provinces, states, and even countries in geographically and politically distinct areas to promote cultural and commercial ties. Partnerships begin for a variety of reasons, sometimes it is based on similar demographics and size, a business connections, shared diaspora communities, or shared history. Toledo, Ohio and Toledo, Spain paired up in 1931, making Toledo the first city in North America to engage in a Sister City partnership. In 1956 a formal Sister City program was insitutued by President Eisenhower. Our City of Campbell has been Sister Cities with Keelung, Taiwan since the 1980s. (Pictured are a few gifts from the Government of Keelung to the City of Campbell: Key to the city, Sister City Keelung, 1985; Carved Foo Dogs Playing with a Ball)

#onthisday in 1928 you could have attended the opening reception for Francis Harvey Cutting's art exhibition at the Thom...
04/01/2019

#onthisday in 1928 you could have attended the opening reception for Francis Harvey Cutting's art exhibition at the Thomas Melton Stanford Art Gallery. Pictured is the exhibit announcement with "The Bells, San Gabriel Mission,1927", painted by Cutting, on the front. The exhibit ran from April 1-10, 1928. Cutting lived in Campbell and many locals owned his work. Campbell City Hall has several of his paintings on display, including one in council chambers.

This week's #ThrowbackThursday features a view of Campbell Avenue, around 1890, from across an orchard. Note the Young M...
03/29/2019

This week's #ThrowbackThursday features a view of Campbell Avenue, around 1890, from across an orchard. Note the Young Men's Christian Association Building (also known as Campbell Hall), Charles L. Willett's General Merchandise Store, and Hay, Grain and Feed Storefronts!

Are your clothes destroying the environment? How does fashion affect climate change? Explore the stories behind the diff...
03/28/2019

Are your clothes destroying the environment? How does fashion affect climate change? Explore the stories behind the different materials that make our clothes, natural and man-made, and how their production affects our environment. #climatechange #sustainability #slowfashion #campbellmuseums

Campbell Union High School went for a bold #design with their 1933 yearbook. Bright orange ink, oddly placed text, and t...
03/26/2019

Campbell Union High School went for a bold #design with their 1933 yearbook. Bright orange ink, oddly placed text, and the silhouette of a woman make for an eye catching cover. #typetuesday #campbellmuseums #campbellhighschool #1930s

Thank you to everyone who came out today to the Ainsley House & SJG School of Music Wine and Music Series. Thank you to ...
03/25/2019

Thank you to everyone who came out today to the Ainsley House & SJG School of Music Wine and Music Series. Thank you to Mads Tolling
and John R Burr for an outstanding concert! If you didn't catch them today be sure to find them at another venue soon!

This week's #ThrowbackThursday features a black and white photograph of blooming orchard trees in Campbell. Campbell's o...
03/22/2019

This week's #ThrowbackThursday features a black and white photograph of blooming orchard trees in Campbell. Campbell's orchards consisted primarily of apricots, peaches, and plums. The fruit was grown for commercial production and was canned by local canning companies, owned by John C. Ainsley, George C. Hyde, and a few others. Date unknown.

"Back from Extinction" is a must see exhibit! Come explore rarely exhibited artifacts from the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe and ...
03/21/2019

"Back from Extinction" is a must see exhibit! Come explore rarely exhibited artifacts from the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe and SJSU and learn about the deep history of Santa Clara Valley's first inhabitants. The exhibit is up through October and is included with a tour of the Ainsley House #campbellmuseums #exhibits #nativehistory #cahistory

"Nothing Without Work." That's a motto we can get behind! But, we also support taking breaks and taking in the beauty ar...
03/19/2019

"Nothing Without Work." That's a motto we can get behind! But, we also support taking breaks and taking in the beauty around us. That includes the simple #design of this Campbell Union High School "Oriole" yearbook. This one is from 1906. #latin #typetuesday #campbellmuseums #campbellhighschool #1900s

This week's #ThrowbackThursday features the Farmer's Union Grocery Store in Campbell, c. 1915. In 1894, Charles Willet s...
03/15/2019

This week's #ThrowbackThursday features the Farmer's Union Grocery Store in Campbell, c. 1915. In 1894, Charles Willet sold his grocery store to the Farmer's Union. and the store became known as the Farmer's Union Grocery Store. Campbell residents Warren McKenzie and John Strong are shown in the photograph. In 1925, this store became Carl Field's grocery store where Field expanded the store of groceries and hardware.

03/14/2019

The Downtown Campbell History Walk on March 16 is canceled for this month. But, don't let that stop you from visiting the Campbell Historical Museum or Ainsley House! History is waiting...

Looking to get married? The Ainsley House is the perfect venue for an intimate garden wedding. In celebration of all the...
03/12/2019

Looking to get married? The Ainsley House is the perfect venue for an intimate garden wedding. In celebration of all the couples who have been married at the house past and future, here is a lovely wedding book that belonged to a pioneer Campbell couple: John D. Blaine & Alda F. Swope. In 1898, the couple was the first to be married at Campbell Methodist Church. Alda was the granddaughter of Benjamin Campbell, the founder of our city! #typography #typetuesday #campbellmuseums #weddings #CApioneers #1890s

The Ainsley House is hiring for a part time Wedding Event Attendant.  The position is primarily May through October and ...
03/08/2019

The Ainsley House is hiring for a part time Wedding Event Attendant. The position is primarily May through October and two weekends per month.We are looking for someone who enjoys weddings and special events and can work as part of a team to help supervise on site events at the Ainsley House and Garden. Please contact the event coordinator ([email protected]) for more info or click on the link for a complete job description. https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/0845a5_19125685dc6f4614a2ea7ee42c403cc2.pdf

This week's #ThrowbackThursday features one of Campbell's first churches. The Congregational Church opened in 1892. Buil...
03/08/2019

This week's #ThrowbackThursday features one of Campbell's first churches. The Congregational Church opened in 1892. Built on a lot of land donated by S.A. Moulton, the church was designed by architect Francis Reid. In 1922, the church underwent a large remodel to expand its services to Campbell residents. In 1956, the building served as Campbell's city hall before being demolished in 1972 to make way for the city's new civic center complex. Date unknown.

#OnThisDay in 1911, much of the Campbell landscape was victim of a major flood. This scene looks north from South First ...
03/06/2019

#OnThisDay in 1911, much of the Campbell landscape was victim of a major flood. This scene looks north from South First Street and Campbell Avenue. The small brown house on the corner is Campbell's old library. Across the street is Benjamin Campbell's second house. Campbell's personal wind mill is also pictured. #campbellmuseums #cityofcampbell #floods #historicdowntown

The #typography and decal #design on this Singer sewing machine model No. 115 are spectacular! This was the first full r...
03/05/2019

The #typography and decal #design on this Singer sewing machine model No. 115 are spectacular! This was the first full rotary hook model. Around 300,000 were made from 1912- 1921. Having a full rotary hook meant no vibration at high speeds and a treadle with very little effort. Fun fact: The Model 115 was not made with a reverse feature. #typetuesday #sewing #singersweing #vintage #quilting

03/03/2019
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Thank you so much for helping our two small museums reach such a grand milestone. A lot of dedicated staff, docents, and volunteers work every day to showcase the history of Campbell throughout the years. Thank you!

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51 N. Central Avenue
Campbell, CA
95008

General information

The Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House are owned and operated by the City of Campbell. However, the various services and programs offered at the facilities are supported by the community.

Opening Hours

Thursday 12:00 - 16:00
Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(408) 866-2119

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