Welcome to the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum

 MUSEUM (and Museum Store) HOURS:     Sundays/Tuesdays/Thursdays 12pm to 4pm
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Entryway Construction

The maintenance building in front of the museum was  removed so that we will have a new, grand entrance.  Part of our parking lot is blocked off, but we are open and fully ADA accessible. Click Here for demolition and remodeling  photos.


Summer 2018 – History of Schools in Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale UniformOur current rotating exhibit upstairs is the History of Schools in Sunnyvale. From our first Encina Grammar School of the late 1800s through today, we have always prided ourselves in excellent education in Sunnyvale.  Come and see the many artifacts we have from a majority of them. Your grammar school or high school may have been bulldozed but your treasures and memorabilia of them are in our collections. This exhibit will remain up through the summer so organize a class reunion to see it.  Planned exhibit dates are June 19 through October 7.

October 13, 2018 – Garage Sale

2014 Garage Sale

2014 Garage Sale

The Sunnyvale Historical Society Museum has garage sale fundraisers twice a year (in the Spring and in the Fall).  We always accept DONATIONS, so keep us in mind all year as you find things of value that you no longer need.  Suggested donation items are: tools, decorations, jewelry, furniture, kitchen items, exercise equipment, and bicycles.

Past 2018 Events

July 15 – Reception for History of Schools Exhibit

Click Here to see photos from the reception.

June 11, 2018 – General Meeting

Thanks to everyone who came to our June General Meeting! And a special thanks to our guest speaker James R Smith who gave an interesting presentation on the California Snatch Racket–a string of crimes of kidnapping for ransom in the early 20th Century.

If you missed the talk, considering picking up his book: “The California Snatch Racket: Kidnappings During the Prohibition and Depression Eras.” Also, here is the video recording of the talk.


Spring 2018 – Hats in Sunnyvale

Spring Victorian Teas – April 28-29, 2018

Spring Garage Sale – April 21, 2018

Winter 2018 – History of the Canneries in Sunnyvale

Libby Water Tower 1930 design

Libby Water Tower 1930 design


Our rotating exhibit for the winter of 2018 was about the Canneries of Sunnyvale. With the multitude of orchards and national fruit industry here, Libby’s, Del Monte, and Schuckl’s were the largest employers in the city/town for many decades.



March 1, 2018 – Santa Clara County Watercolor Association Visit

It was a rainy day, but artists from the Santa Clara County Watercolor Association visited for sketching and painting at the museum. Click Here for more photos.

February 11, 2018 – Cannery Workers Reception

This Cannery Workers Reception was part of the winter special exhibit on the Canneries of Sunnyvale.

General Meeting – January 29, 2018

Thank you to all who attended our general meeting!  Jeanne MacVicar gave a presentation on the Orphan Trains.  If you missed this informative talk, you can view all the slides and hear her talk on our YouTube channel, click on the image below.


“Blue Cube” Donations and Stories Wanted!

The Sunnyvale Historical Society is looking for engineers to help tell the story of the Blue Cube. Please contact the museum if you have momentos or stories to share.

Give the Gift of Membership

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.

Click 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.  If this is a Gift Membership, add the recipient info in the Add a special message Section when completing the transaction on PayPal.

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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 .


In Memoriam

It is with great sorrow that we announce the
August 19, 2017 passing of Jeanine Stanek, the Sunnyvale Historical Society’s Chief Archivist. Her dedication to history, her positive attitude, and her endless energy was an inspiration to us all. She will be greatly missed. Click Here for the Museum Director’s memories of Jeanine.

Here is a photo from February 2014, of Jeanine receiving the 2013 Murphy Award for Lifetime Community Contribution.




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2 thoughts on “Home

  1. H B

    I worked in the STC from Jan 1963 t0 Sept 1992. I was a Charter Member of the 6594th Aerospace Test Wing Training Team. I also taught Data Handling Equipment Maintenance Courses at both Hawaii and Kodiak Tracking Stations. I conducted over 250 classes and trained over 2500 personnel. I also worked as the Mission Director’s Technical Advisor on the GPS and DSP satellite programs. I conducted Orientation tours thru the Satellite Test Center and the Blue Cube. Our training office was the first office to open in the Blue Cube.

  2. Margarete M

    Thanks for your comment, Mr. B. I’ll add your name and email address to our list of people who have reached out to us for help in creating an exhibit on the Blue Cube.

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