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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Current Rotating Exhibit

Copyright Gabriel Ibarra

Enjoy the photos of Gabriel Ibarra, architectural historical photographer, whose images capture the heart of Silicon Valley. Click Here for more views of this exhibit.





June 12 General Meeting

Mark your calendars and plan to attend our General Meeting on Monday, June 12th at 7:30 pm. Before we turn the evening over to our special speaker, we will conduct our year-in-review meeting as well as have an election of officers.

This part of our meeting will be followed by our speaker, Alan Leventhal, a professor at San José State University and archaeologist, anthropologist and ethnohistorian who has worked with the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe for the past 37 years. He will discuss the tribe’s many ties to the Bay Area.

June 25 Recognition

Early morning view, December 4, 2013

Orchard Heritage Park Interpretive Exhibit

Please join us at Orchard Heritage Park for the unveiling of the new panels commemorating Sunnyvale’s early Yugoslav orchardists. Opening and welcome remarks by Mayor Glenn Hendricks, tours of the Orchard Heritage Park Interpretive Exhibit (OHPIE), the Heritage Park Museum, and the adjoining apricot orchard. Special exhibits will highlight our agricultural history. Light refreshments will be served upstairs. Click Here for the event flyer.



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Stop by today to see our special exhibit, a nostalgic display of Gabriel Ibarra's photographs of our agriculture past. We are open every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 12-4pm.
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Sunnyvale Heritage Park Historical Museum at Sunken Gardens Golf Course.

Flashback Friday! Here is a photo of Sunnyvale's Sunken Gardens Golf Course when it was a quarry.
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Laura BabcockThat certainly explains why it is called "sunken"!

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Dan HaleyYear? 1890?

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Lisa Johnsonwhat roads?

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Elizabeth HerndonWhat kind of quarry?

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Sunnyvale Heritage Park Historical MuseumGravel and dirt from this quarry helped build Sunnyvale and Moffett Field. Later, it served as a World War II artillery practice field. In 1955, Steve and Margie Barath bought the pit and built the Sunken Gardens golf course. When it opened in 1956, a nine-hole round of golf cost $1. The course was sold to the City of Sunnyvale in 1973.

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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.]

History Through Art

Murphy Park MuralHere is a photo of a mural installed in Murphy Park in 2015 that shows 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.

Past 2017 Events

Spring Garage Sale

May 6, 2017 was our spring Garage Sale.

Thank you to everyone who donated items, volunteered to work, and came to shop!

Spring Tea – April 29 & 30

Spring Tea Setting

Spring Tea Setting

Volunteer Fire Department Display at the Library

Back in April,  in collaboration with librarian Heather Johnson, members of the Sunnyvale
Historical Society have created a showcase for the Sunnyvale Volunteer Fire Department with artifacts that Jeanine Stanek compiled from the museum archives and contributions from Burt White.

Women’s History Month Exhibit

For the month of March, we had a special mini-exhibit in the upstairs hallway to commemorate Women’s History in Sunnyvale.  Here is a painting called “Teatime Memories” by Alice Freund.  This piece was created in honor of Sunnyvale’s 75th anniversary in 1987.  Click on the photo to learn more!

Bubblegum3January – March 2017 – Chinese art from “Snow White Bubble Gum Cards”  Art cards and posters from children’s literature.

Presidents’ Day Exhibit

For the month of February, we had a special mini-exhibit in the upstairs hallway to commemorate Presidents’ Day in Sunnyvale.  Click here for more photos.

February 13 General Meeting

At our general meeting Monday, February 13, Kristin Dance, who works for the City of Sunnyvale, gave a presentation on the public art in Sunnyvale.







Centennial Logo



• 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.

Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum

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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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