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.
We are excited to announce History Happy Hour, a lecture series at the Ainsley House. Join us to learn more about a wide variety of topics from Design, WWII Japanese Internment, Climate Change, Interurban railroad and more.
History Happy Hour is a great place to meet new people and learn something new! Programs are held each month February through October from 5:30-7:30pm.
Registration is required as seating is limited (36 people max). $15/person admission price will include, snacks and two drink tickets, plus entry into the lower level of the Ainsley House. Please note that these programs will be for ages 21 and over. Registration can be taken online, at the Campbell Recreation Office (1 W. Campbell Ave Rm C-31, 95008), or by phone at (408) 866-2104.
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.