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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Our February General Meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 9th at 7:30pm.   Our speaker will be Mark Hylkema, who has 33 years of experience teaching archeology and Native American culture, who will be speaking on Excavating the Castroville Mammoths.   

In 2011, Ice Age bones of two mammoths were unearthed in a Castroville Artichoke Orchard. Over the last four years, local archeologists have been excavating the site, finding bones, teeth, and even Mammoth hair!

Come prepared to learn a lot from Mark as he shares his varied experience with directing the excavation and leaning the findings of this interesting local discovery.   Admission is FREE, and we hope to see you there!


Here is the FLYER for the event.


2014 Overview

As we say goodbye to another year, we look back 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!  Ensure that 2015 is even better with a year-end gift.  Right now, the PayPal Giving Fund is adding 1% to any donation made to our museum before December 31. Just follow this link to help:



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

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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.

Antique Sale and Appraisal Faire—August 24th, 2014

Thanks to everyone who came to our Antique Sale and Appraisal Faire on Sunday, August 24th, 2014.   We will scheduling another Antique Faire for August of 2015! Keep watching.

We had professional appraisers from Michaan’s Auction House to appraise visitors relics and family heirlooms.   We held an Antique Sale as we liquidated some of the treasures from our inventory, and visitors bought numerous collectables to display in their home.. 


We had special demonstrations from volunteers from the Lace Museum.  And the Drop In Blue Grass Band provided the musical entertainment for the afternoon.

Thanks to all of the volunteers that worked so hard to make the event a success!


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.  We showcased all of the artwork at a special reception in June.

The full edition of the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum’s Technology Timeline iBook will be released in 2015, when the upcoming contests in Avionics, Software, Electronics, and Microwave 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!  Go HERE for more information.

Silicon Valley Gives  Tuesday, May 6th

Silicon Valley GivesThanks to everyone who contributed to the SVGives Event, the first-ever 24-hour online fundraising event aimed at inspiring and uniting our local community to support philanthropic causes in the Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Benito counties.  

Hosted by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, SVGives helped raise money for local nonprofits through a single online giving platform.   

Thanks to everyone who contributed.  Click the link below (or the image above) if you still want to donate.


Butcher TractorThe Sunnyvale Historcial 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.]


Piano Back Home

• Here is a photograph of our 163 year old Martin Murphy, Jr. Piano being returned from a complete cleaning, restoration, and tuning on April 2, 2013.
• It looks and plays GREAT! Come by the museum in order to see this wonderfully restored artifact.



Authors Day Mosaic (Author Day Flyer) 

• Thanks to everyone that came to the Sunnyvale Authors’ Day at the Heritage Park Museum last year. It was a great event with a steady stream of book lovers who got to talk at length with the authors.

• Representatives from the Sunnyvale Public Library were on-hand to interview some of the authors during Authors Day. This helped capture some of the interesting backgrounds of the authors and their books. These videos can now be found at the Sunnyvale Library YouTube Channel. 


• 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. (Special Centennial Celebration Newsletter)
Sunnyvale ArcadiaSunnyvale, the latest book in the Arcadia “Images of America” series, has been released. It encompasses all of Sunnyvales’ 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

    === REPLY =========================================================================
    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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