History Park Visitor Information

History Park is located at the south end of Kelley Park at the corner of Senter Road and Phelan Avenue. Through 32 original and reproduction homes, businesses and landmarks, History Park reveals Santa Clara Valley’s past. Complete with paved streets, running trolleys and an old-fashioned ice cream shop, this 14-acre site offers the charm and ambiance of times gone by.

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Directions

History Park is located at the corner of Senter Road and Phelan Avenue, accessible by VTA line 73. Parking is available in the City of San José parking lot at the end of Phelan Avenue for $6.

GPS Devices

If you are using a GPS device or online map, use 635 Phelan Avenue to direct you to the correct entrance and parking lot.

From Highway 101

  • Take the Story Road exit West.
  • Turn left on Senter Road.
  • Turn left on to Phelan Avenue.
  • Follow Phelan Avenue to the parking lot at the end of the street.

From Highway 280 South

  • Take the 10th/11th Street exit.
  • Turn right onto 10th Street at the bottom of the off ramp.
  • Turn left on Keyes Street.
  • Turn right on Senter Road.
  • Turn left on to Phelan Avenue.
  • Follow Phelan Avenue to the parking lot at the end of the street.

From Highways 17, 87, and 880

  • Take Highway 280 South and follow directions above.

From Highway 680 South/Highway 280 North

  • After crossing 101, 680 becomes 280 North.
  • Take the 10th/11th Streets exit.
  • Turn left at the second light onto 10th Street.
  • Turn left onto Keyes Street.
  • Turn right onto Senter Road.
  • Turn left on to Phelan Avenue.
  • Follow Phelan Avenue to the parking lot at the end of the street.

Hours

Hours

HOURS MAY CHANGE FOR EVENTS. Please check the Events Calender for specific times. History Park may also close due to inclement weather; please check before visiting. Non-event hours follow.

Monday through Friday

CLOSED 9am – noon for School Programs
OPEN 12–5pm (last entry 4:30pm)

  • History Park grounds are open to enjoy walking
  • Historic buildings are closed
  • Arbuckle Gallery in the Pacific Hotel: Tue-Sun 12-5 pm
  • Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) Office and Gift Shop: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm

Weekends

11am-5pm

  • History Park grounds are open to enjoy walking; a selection of historic buildings are open — check HSJ Events Calendar for specific building listings
  • Arbuckle Gallery at the Pacific Hotel is open — check HSJ Events Calendar for specific exhibit dates
  • Leonard and David McKay Gallery at Pasetta House is open — check HSJ Events Calendar for specific exhibit dates
  • O’Brien’s Candy Store & Ice Cream Parlor: Sat-Sun 11am-4pm
  • G & A’s Gift Shop: Sat-Sun 11am-4pm
  • Historic Trolley Rides: Sat-Sun until 3:30pm
  • The Chinese American Historical Museum: 1st and 3rd Sundays 1-4 pm.
  • Paulson House: Sun 12-3:30pm
  • Portuguese Imperio: Sat-Sun 1-4pm
  • Check HSJ Events Calendar for specific dates and times of Hands-on History Days and Special Events.

History Park is closed on the following public holidays in 2017:

New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Day
President’s Day
Easter Sunday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day

Admission

Monday through Friday

Admission is free year round, except during special events — check HSJ Events Calendar for specific dates.

Saturday and Sunday

Admission is charged for Hands-on History Days and Special Events — check HSJ Events Calendar for specific exhibit dates and admission prices

Virtual Tour

Tour the buildings of History Park through our partnership with Google Arts & Culture

Tour History Park’s streets using Google Street View

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