Historical Museum & Ainsley House

History Happy Hour 2016
Upcoming Dates:



October 21st: Campbell City Councilman, Mike Kotowski presents, Campbell Rails

 Ferroequinologist, Artist, and Historian, Michael F. Kotowski, takes us on a 139 year historic trip from the first train to enter the town; how Campbell got its name, got its fame, and became the “Light Rail Terminus City” it is today. Council Member Kotowski will provide stories regarding the Orchard City, and the technologies created here, that have  allowed California to become the eighth greatest economy in the world. Included in his presentation will be his original art work, art prints, maps, books and publications that he has illustrated covers for that are relevant to his program. ALL ABOARD!


Registration is now open online or please call:
(408) 866-2104
For more detailed information, please contact Kerry Perkins (408) 866-2718
Event timeline:
-- 5:30-6pm: doors open, appetizer and beverages available, Ainsley House open for walk through
--6-7pm: speaker presents with time for Q & A inside the Living Room of the Ainsley House.
--7-7:30pm: last call for beverages and Ainsley House walk through, clean up.

Mike Kotowski
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Museum Field Trips are open for reservations

The Campbell Historical Museum & Ainsley House are available for school field trips.  Both programs are designed to complement study units for 2nd and 3rd grade. 
The Campbell Historical Museum offers a 
HANDS on HISTORY program invites students to engage in experiential learning as they rotate through four different exhibit stations that will teach them about life 100 years ago and how times have changed.
The Ainsley House, 
History Detectives brings students on an interactive mystery tour through the Ainsley  House as well as allows them to explore different hands on museum activities inside the Carriage House.
Each field trip:
* Runs from 9am -12pm
* Requires a minimum of 4 chaperones (the chaperones engage and lead activities on each field trip)
* Admission is $6/ student (minimum of $120 for 20 students or fewer). Teachers and chaperones are free.

The Holidays are coming to the Ainsley House:

Once again the Ainsley House will be decked out in beautiful Holiday decorations  throughout the historical home. The House will offer public tours, a Holiday Boutique, Photos with Santa Claus, Holiday Tea and Tours, and two evening Open House Events.

Important Dates to plan for:•September 1: Reservations for Holiday Tea and Tours open for Museum Members ONLY
◦Admission for Teas: $45/ person

•October 1: Reservations Open for General Public
◦Admission for Teas: $50/person

•November 17-December 18: Ainsley House Open for Public Tours◦Hours: Thursday-Sunday/ 12-4pm
◦Admission prices: $10 Adults (18-65)/ $8 Seniors (65+)/ $6 (7-17)/ under age 6-Free/ Museum Member Free with coordinating Membership package

•November 17-Decemebr 18: Holiday Boutique open for holiday shopping◦
Open During Public Tour Hours ONLY

•November 26: Photos with Santa
◦Information available  Oct 1.

•December: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10: Holiday Tea and Tours
◦12pm Tea Time/ Tour to follow

•December 15 & 18: Holiday Evening Open House Events
◦Hours: 5:30-8pm
◦Admission $10/ Museum Members, $15/ General Public

 For Holiday Tea and Tour Reservations please contact Laura Moore/

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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.

 Exhibits and Programs
Teacher and Educator Information
  • Ainsley House tour policies:
    Please do not touch or sit on any object
  • Please stay with your docent
  • If you have a large purse or back pack, please carry it down by your side or in front of you to avoid knocking any of the artifacts.
  • There is a staircase to reach the 2nd floor, no elevator
  • Tours can last 30-45 minutes.
Hours: Thursday-Sunday 12pm-4pm


Historical Museum 

Ainsley House 

Combo Ticket 

 Under 7 Free  Free  Free 
 Youth (7-17)  $2  $4  $5
 Adults  $2  $8  $9
 Seniors  $2  $6  $7