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The Campbell Historical Museum & Ainsley House are owned and operated by the City of Campbell in public trust. The museums interpret the history of the Campbell area from its pioneer beginnings to today through innovative and meaningful programs.
We invite you to visit our museums and find your place in the history and future of the Orchard City.
Photos With Santa
10am - 1pm
Holiday Open Houses
December 14th &
5:30pm - 8pm
Ainsley House Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Campbell Holiday Tradition
In 1994, the Ainsley House opened to the public, welcoming visitors for its first holiday celebration. Twenty years later, the tradition continues as local businesses and organizations decorate the Ainsley House in the spirit of the season. This year, the Ainsley House decorations will be inspired by themes from the 1920s and 1930s, the era of its construction and occupation by the Ainsley family. Holiday tours begin November 20 and conclude December 18, 2014.
Docent led tours of the Ainsley House showcasing the holiday decorations are offered noon – 4 p.m., Thursday – Sunday, November 20 through December 18, 2014. The Ainsley House will be closed Thanksgiving Day. Tour admission is $8, seniors $6, youth age 7-17 $4.50.
The Campbell Historical Museum is located in the City’s first public building, Firehouse #1. Visitors can explore the City’s rich history through self-guided tours. Changing exhibits use themes of Home Life, Community, Recreation, and Work to provide insight into daily life in the Santa Clara Valley over the past century. Engaging, hands-on features in each exhibit area encourage personal interaction with historical objects in order to better understand life in the region today.
Beautifully restored in an enchanting park-like setting, the English Tudor style architecture of the Ainsley House transports visitors to the bygone era of the 1920s. Built in 1925 as the home of canning pioneer J.C. Ainsley and his wife Alcinda, the home was moved to its present location in 1990. The exquisitely restored 15-room house is largely furnished with items original to the family, recreating the period when the Ainsley House was one of the grand homes of the Santa Clara Valley. The surrounding English gardens provide a refreshing respite for visitors to this unique historic house.