Welcome to the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum

LOCATION:   570 East Remington Drive,  Sunnyvale, CA 94087    PHONE:   (408) 749-0220
MAILING ADDRESS:  PO Box 2187,  Sunnyvale, CA 94087-0187
MUSEUM (and Gift Shop) HOURS:     Sundays/Tuesdays/Thursdays 12pm to 4pm
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Please check our MUSEUM CALENDAR frequently to find out about upcoming events.            Or click this FACEBOOK link below to Like us on Facebook.


History Through Art

Murphy Park MuralHere is a photo of a new mural in Murphy Park showing the Murphy family arrival.  There are many works of art around Sunnyvale that depict our town history.  Click here to see our new webpage listing these statues, murals and models.

2015 Holiday Display:  History of Lighting from Candles to LED

Our new rotating exhibit is now open: The History of Lighting from Candles to LEDs.

2015 Holiday Display

Craft Fair – Sunday, November 15

porcupineThe Polish hedgehog (jeżyk) craft making class held at the museum last year was so popular that we have decided to do it again, this time offering two classes—the Polish hedgehog class and a “Make and Take” activity taught by the Sunnyvale Lace Museum.

The cost for one class will be $15, for both $25, a savings of $5. The cost will cover the materials needed for each session which will be provided to you at the beginning of each session. The Lace Museum class will be from 11:00 to 1:00 pm followed by the hedgehog craft from 1:30 to 4:00 pm. Both will take place upstairs at the museum.

Sign up in our Gift Shop. Or, call the museum (408 749-0220) and get your name on our list. Click Here for the Craft Fair flyer and more information.

Now accepting Holiday Tea reservations:

Click Here for more information about our Victorian Teas.

November 8, 2015 update::  the weekend of December 5-6 is now sold out.

2015 Holiday Tea Card

2015 Holiday Tea Card

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Have you seen the new murals in Murphy Park? Here is a depiction of the Murphy family arrival. Our website now has an archive of artworks around town that depict Sunnyvale history along with map links to help you find them. If you have out of town company visiting for the holidays, consider taking them on a tour to see History Through Art. ... See MoreSee Less

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One week until Thanksgiving! Stop by the gift shop today for last minute decor items. The museum and gift shop will be closed on Thanksgiving Day itself. ... See MoreSee Less

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Orchard Heritage Park

Winter day with back view of the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, Feb 8, 2014

Winter day with back view of the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, Feb 8, 2014

In 1994, the City of Sunnyvale preserved 10 acres of apricot trees to celebrate the important contribution of orchards to the early development of the local economy. The museum opened next to the orchard in 2008. Click the photo for views of our apricot orchard throughout the year .


Butcher TractorThe Sunnyvale Historical Society is working with the City of Sunnyvale to look at alternatives for saving the Butcher Family ranch home. The home was built in 1912 and is a remarkable example of a high-end ranch home of the early 1900s. The photo link to the left gives more information on the site and preferred location on the Heritage Park site.  [Click the photo for more information.]

Past 2015 Events

Hendy-Westinghouse-Northrop Grumman 1906 to 2015

Room Setup

Click Here to see photos from this exhibit And Here for the reception that was held on July 12th.

Fall Garage Sale – Saturday, October 17

Garage Sale 2015 Fall Another successful fundraiser thanks to the many people who donated items and volunteered!  Click Here to learn more about the museum biannual garage sales.

October 13th General Meeting

Meeting October 13, 2015A big thank you to those who turned out for Mary Jo Ignoffo’s fascinating talk about oral histories! She provided many thought provoking antidotes about getting and preserving information. The presentation was followed by a Q&A session and then a door prize drawing. If you missed it, you can watch the entire meeting in 8 parts on this playlist on our museum You Tube channel:

2015 Antique & Appraisal Faire

A big thank you to everyone who attended our Antique & Appraisal Faire this year!  We had professional appraisers from Michaan’s Auction House to appraise visitors’ relics and family heirlooms.   We also had an Antique Sale to liquidate some of the treasures from our inventory.  There was live musical entertainment from the Drop In Blue Grass Band.  And a special thank you goes to all of our great volunteers who worked so hard to make the two days run so smoothly.

2015 Antique & Appraisal Faire

2015 Antique & Appraisal Faire

Click Here for photos and a video from the 2015 Antique and Appraisal Faire.

Thank you for attending our June General Meeting

Cheryl Anne StappThank you to everyone who came to our June General Meeting at the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum!

Our guest speaker was Cheryl Anne Stapp who gave a riveting and informative presentation describing the era of the stagecoach in Northern California. Thanks Cheryl for captivating our audience!


Cheryl Anne Stapp

Homemade Handiwork Exhibit April-June, 2015

This special temporary exhibit celebrated the home made crafts made by Sunnyvale residents over the years. See more photos archived on the webpage for Homemade Handiwork Exhibit!

Homemade Handiwork Exhibit Room Overview

Homemade Handiwork Exhibit Room Overview

Silicon Valley Gives – Tuesday, May 5, 2015

2015-MuseumSVGivesThanksThank you to everyone who donated to the Sunnyvale Historical Society during this year’s Silicon Valley Gives Event. We surpassed last year’s SVGives totals thanks to your generous contributions!  Your donations go directly to help fund the museum’s monthly operations of programs and education. Every dollar makes a difference and is greatly appreciated. If you didn’t get a chance to donate for this event,  you can find a DONATE Button on the right-hand side.  And again,  thank you for your continued support!


This year’s Victorian Teas were April 25 & 26 (Saturday & Sunday) and May 3 (Sunday) at the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Historical Museum.

Spring Tea Setting Roses


The Sunnyvale Heritage Park Historical Museum Spring Garage Sale was Saturday, April 18th from 8am to 2pm.



Artshow Entry Setup

In early 2014, the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum held a contest for interpreting our Technology Timeline for a digital version. Kids and teens participated in this project by illustrating stories and questions that trigger new innovations.

The Second Part of the contest finished in April 2015.   Students were encouraged to interpret the subjects of avionics, electronics and software.  [Contest info]

  Congratulations to all of the 2015 winners and everyone who participated!  We had more than 240 amazing entries, and judging was difficult.    Click HERE to view the final results and an overview (and video) of some of the entries.

The  public art reception of entries was on Sunday, April 19th from 1- 4 pm!

The full edition of the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum’s Technology Timeline iBook will be released in late 2015, when the upcoming contests in Avionics, Software, and Electronics are completed. The full price of the complete iBook will be $19.99. This first and preview edition iBook is on SALE for $9.99. Purchase this preview edition, and you will AUTOMATICALLY be updated and receive the final full version for FREE!


Our February General Meeting speaker was Mark Hylkema, who has 33 years of experience teaching archeology and Native American culture. He gave a great presentation on Excavating the Castroville Mammoths that was attended by a packed house!

Here is a video of the first half hour of Mark Hylkema’s presentation on Excavating the Castroville Mammoths, recorded on February 9, 2015. If you have the bandwidth, you can change the settings to HD (high def) and expand to full screen.

Here was the FLYER for the event.



2014 Overview

As we say goodbye to another year, we look back and see that 2014 was a busy year at the museum. We had multiple temporary exhibits and reception events, interesting speakers, an Antique Faire, two Victorian Teas, two garage sales and more. We educated nearly 1500 third graders during our hosted field trips, and we opened our doors to thousands of visitors for FREE!  Our volunteers and donors made 2014 a banner year, thank you for your support!


Your membership to the Sunnyvale Historical Society and Museum Association helps to support our daily operations.  Members Benefits include, our members-only Newsletter, special invitations to members-only events, and a 10% discount on Museum Gift Shop purchases.  You can become a member online (below) or come into the museum Gift Shop.

WEBSHSMASeptNewsletterClipClick image to the left for a full-color example newsletter issue that you receive every month as a society member.

Members can decide to receive this full-color PDF via e-mail instead of via US Mail.

Choose your membership options below and hit Become A Member:

Or you can drop by the Museum Gift Shop and fill out the paperwork to join the society.



• WOW! What a Celebration! Martin Murphy was surely smiling down on us the weekend of August 25th and 26th, 2012. Not only was the weather absolutely perfect, but the two days from beginning to end were truly a celebration of a lifetime. Sunnyvale has probably not seen anything so grand since 1881 when Martin and Mary Murphy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary held at their Bay View home. Between 4,000 and 5,000 people attended their celebration and for our Centennial Celebration we calculated more than 6,000 people attended over the course of the two-day weekend. Everyone had a grand time.

• The festivities began with a rousing parade, the likes of which has not been seen since the city-wide parade to celebrate 2000. There were marching bands, antique cars, costumes, but most exciting of all unbridled enthusiasm and joy for our city. For more information see (Special Centennial Celebration Newsletter)
Sunnyvale ArcadiaSunnyvale, the latest book in the Arcadia “Images of America” series, has been released. It encompasses all of Sunnyvale’s rich history, with never before seen vintage photographs and outstanding text written by Sunnyvale natives Ben Koning and Anneke Metz.
Books are available at the museum gift shop.

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2 thoughts on “Home

  1. Sharon Bell

    The area sounds beautiful and right here in Sunnyvale. I was wondering if the park grounds were open for pedistrian visits before and after museum business hours. Is there a walking path around the perimeter of the park? -Sharon

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    Yes…. the park area in front of the museum is open from dawn to dusk. Also, there is a sidewalk looping the entire heritage park apricot tree orchard. We hope to see you here at the museum!

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