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1650 Senter Road San Jose, CA 95112
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History Park at Kelley Park
History Park at Kelley Park in San Jose
History Park at Kelley Park (or just History Park) in San Jose is designed as an indoor/outdoor museum, arranged to appear as a small US town might have in the early 1900s. Since its inauguration in 1971, 29 historic buildings and other landmarks have either been moved from their original San Jose locations or are represented by replicas.

Period exhibits include a doctor's office, a dentist's office (complete with an old foot-pedal-powered drill), fruit barn, blacksmith shed, a livery stable (US terminology for a business that rented out horse-drawn carriages), a working print shop, a gas station, the Pacific Hotel, the Empire Fire House, the Bank of Italy (precursor to the Bank of America), a one-room schoolhouse, a post office and a number of houses of early Santa Clara Valley settlers. The fruit barn not only has many farm implements and devices from the period, but also displays hundreds of photographs documenting the area's development.

Other attractions include:

A 115-foot scale replica of the San Jose Electric Light Tower that used to tower 237 feet over downtown San Jose

Portuguese Historical Museum

Viet Museum

Ng Shing Gung, a former Chinatown religious and community center that is now a museum of local Chinese-American history

Paulson House, an 1890s Queen Anne-style residence with local history exhibits from the California Pioneers of Santa Clara County

Hellenic Heritage Museum, a museum of Greek heritage, operated by the Hellenic Heritage Institute
The California Trolley and Railroad Corporation houses restored antique trolleys, both horse-drawn and electric, and automobiles, both gasoline and battery powered, along with other antique trolleys and cars awaiting restoration.

The Leonard and David McKay Gallery, opened on March 13, 2005, contains a collection of paintings of people, buildings, and landscapes from in and around San Jose.

Weekdays, tours are offered by paid staff, often for local students on class field trips. On weekends, selected exhibit buildings are staffed on a rotating schedule by volunteers, who also operate a vintage trolley over the length of the park, including under the Light Tower replica.

History Park will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, & New Year's Day.

Tuesday - Sunday

•History Park grounds: 11 am - 5 pm
•Pacific Hotel Gallery: 11 am - 5 pm
•Museum Store: 11 am - 4 pm
•Museum Café at O'Brien's Candy Store:11 am - 4 pm
•Visit the Calendar to learn about special events at the park.

Saturday & Sunday

•David & Leonard McKay Gallery at the Pasetta House: 11 am - 4 pm
•Ride a Historic Trolley (weather permitting)
•Visit the Print Shop
•Selected Exhibit Buildings Open 11 am - 4 pm
•Visit the Calendar to learn about special events at the park.
•Docent Led Tours at 12:30 & 2
•Tour Fees:
General $6
Seniors (62+) $5
Under 12 Free!

History Park and the History San José administrative offices are closed the first Monday of every month as a cost saving measure.
1650 Senter Road San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: 408-287-2290
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