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.


Current Rotating Exhibit

Bubblegum3January 2017 – Chinese art from “Snow White Bubbleline Gum.”  Art cards and posters from children’s literature.  Reception with the collector.

Upcoming Rotating Exhibit

March 2017 – Photographs by Gabriel Ibarra, architectural historical photographer, whose photography captures the heart of Silicon Valley.


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.

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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 2016 Events

Holiday Special Exhibit

2016holidayexhibit07Our 2016 holiday special exhibit was “A World of Santas.” This collection of vintage and international Santas at the Museum was loaned to us by a long time Sunnyvale resident and former teacher Arlene Wible. Over the years, Arlene has collected over 300 Santa figures that have been enjoyed by her family and friends. We are delighted that she was willing to allow us to share them with our visitors!

2016 Holiday Teas – December 3, 4, 10, 11

HolidayTeaSetting2014BetterWe were SOLD OUT for Holiday Victorian Tea.  Thank you to all who participated and made it a success!

The Telephone Comes to Sunnyvale

DSC02061Our rotating special exhibit The Telephone Comes to Sunnyvale  was a display of vintage communication equipment in our upstairs special exhibit room from June through October, 2016.

Fall Garage Sale – October 1, 2016

2016GarageSaleOct1Thank you to everyone who donated items, volunteered, or made purchases! This is one of our important fundraisers, so always keep us in mind if you have items to donate for our spring or fall garage sale.  Suggested donation items are: tools, decorations, jewelry, furniture, kitchen items, exercise equipment, and bicycles.  You can drop them off at the museum when it is open.

Antique and Appraisal Faire – August 27, 2016

2016AntiqueFairemediumClick Here for 2016 Antique Faire photos. Thank you everyone who attended or volunteered, you made it a success!

General Meeting – June 6, 2016

Leslie Lawton, Erika Blair, Linda Taaffe and Flo Stafford after the meeting

Museum President Leslie Lawton, Erika Blair, Linda Taaffe and VP Flo Stafford after the meeting

This topic of this packed meeting was: The History of the Taaffe Family. Linda Taaffe and her niece, Erika Blair, shared their family’s story over seven generations beginning with how the Taaffe family members met up with Martin and Mary Murphy.  Click the link above for more photos and the video playlist of the entire presentation.

Decades of Dress

Decades of DressOur rotating special exhibit Decades of Dress, highlighting representative dresses and suits from the past, ran from March through May, 2016

Spring Garage Sale – May 21, 2016

April 18, 2015 Garage Sale

Here is a photo from our 2015 Garage Sale

Thank you for all who donated items or attended our Garage Sale.

Spring Tea

Spring Tea Setting

Spring Tea Setting

Thank you to all who attended this spring’s Victorian Teas at the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Historical Museum.  Click Here for photos from the first weekend.  2016 Spring Tea Flyer color

Solar Panel Installation

Installing the rails on the roof, February 22, 2016

Installing the rails on the roof, February 22, 2016

Solar panel installation on the backside of the museum roof began on February 20, 2016.  The work was performed by SunWork, a non-profit solar company that uses trained volunteers.  The museum board decided to use solar panels to help offset the rising cost of power used by the air conditioners, which are required to preserve the museum’s artifacts. The Sunnyvale City Council unanimously approved the project at its Jan. 5 meeting. Click Here for more installation photos and videos.

Sports Special Exhibit

Left WallOur winter exhibit in the upstairs rotating exhibit room was Sports in Sunnyvale and Silicon Valley  which commemorated the  Super Bowl held this year near here.

General Meeting Feb. 8th:  Wolfe’s Prairie-style Buildings

California Prairie Architecture Book Cover

California Prairie Architecture book cover

On Monday, February 8, 2016, Krista Van Laan gave a presentation based on her book Frank Delos Wolfe: California Prairie ArchitectureThe book showcases more than 40 of Wolfe’s Prairie-style buildings and tells the stories of their fascinating owners. Wolfe’s clients were the pioneers that helped build and influence Santa Clara County and Frank Wolfe was the architect who was able to give them something special. Van Laan will touch on the various styles Wolfe popularized during his 35-year career, giving special attention to the many Wolfe buildings in Sunnyvale, where his architecture played a particularly important role in the early days of Sunnyvale’s development.

If you missed it, you can watch the entire meeting in 4 parts on this playlist on our museum You Tube channel. Click on the play button in the next photo to start watching.


• 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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