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.

Weekends: Saturday & Sunday Year Round

8am – 5pm (last entry 4:30pm)

  • History Park grounds are open to enjoy walking.
  • Arbuckle Gallery at the Pacific Hotel

Noon – 5pm

  • O’Brien’s Ice Cream Parlor & Candy Shop
  • G & A’s Gift Shop

Noon – 4pm

  • Ride the Trolley
  • Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI)
  • Leonard and David McKay Gallery at the Pasetta House
  • Museum of the Boat People & the Republic of Vietnam
  • Portuguese Historical Museum
  • Rod Diridon Sr. Trolley Barn

Sundays Only:

  • 12 – 4pm (1st & 3rd) Chinese American Historical Museum
  • 12 – 3:30pm Paulson House

Additional buildings are open as volunteers are available. The best time to see the most buildings open is during special events!

Weekdays: Monday through Friday

Summer: June 8 – September 15
Open: 8am – 5pm (last entry 4:30pm)

School Year: September 16 – June 7
Closed: Until Noon for School Programs
Open: Noon – 5pm (Last Entry 4:30pm)
History Park grounds are open to enjoy walking. Historic buildings are closed.

  • 8 – 5pm Administrative Offices
  • 8 – 2pm Education Office
  • 10 – 10pm Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI)
  • 12 – 4pm Museum of the Boat People & the Republic of Vietnam
  • Tues. – Friday 12 – 5pm Arbuckle Gallery in the Pacific Hotel

History Park and History San Jose offices are closed on the following holidays:

New Year’s Day, Day after 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, Day after Christmas

Admission

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

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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