School Programs

History San José offers a variety of programs that meet state and national standards and spark students’ curiosity about the world. Every year more than 10,000 elementary school students join our highly trained staff on interactive excursions across our sites, from our historic homes and buildings in Downtown San José and History Park to scavenger hunts in our Collections Center. Please visit our Virtual Field Trips page to see our virtual options.

Registration for the Immigration School Program open June 26th, 2023 at 9:00 am. Registration for all school programs opens July 10th, 2023 at 9:00 am.

Due to COVID-19, HSJ has adapted in-person school programs so that they adhere to current public health protocols and state curriculum standards. Masks are required for all in-person school programs, regardless of vaccination status.

History Park

1650 Senter Road | San Jose, CA 95112

Early to Rise: Child’s Work and Play in Early San Jose (Grades 1-3)
Mondays – Fridays
9:30 am – 10:45 am & 11:10 am – 12:25 pm
Max. 48 students | 6 chaperones

$14.00 per student (Minimum payment: $294)
When did a child’s day begin in the mid-1800s? This interactive program is an immersive experience for students to compare their lives today and the lives of rural Santa Clara County children of the 1870s. Students do laundry in an 1860s washing machine, milk a cow, gather eggs and grind coffee beans for breakfast at the Umbarger House. They also get to mind their manners, read from a 19th-century primer, practice writing on slates, and explore the Santa Ana One-Room Schoolhouse.

Historic Transportation Experience (Grades 1-3)
Thursdays & Fridays
9:30 am – 10:45 am & 11:10 am – 12:25 pm
Max. 36 students | 4 chaperones

$14.00 per student (Minimum payment: $294)
How did innovations in travel and transportation in the early 20th century change how people moved themselves and their goods? During this engaging program, students explore History San José’s antique vehicle collection and ride the ​​1912 San Jose Trolley, comparing and contrasting the different power sources (horses, electricity, and combustion engines) that moved people 100 years ago and the innovations in transportation technology that shaped where people choose to live and work.

History Park Tour (Grades 4-12+)
Mondays – Sundays
9:30 am – 10:45 am & 11:10 am – 12:25 pm
Max. 30 students | 3 chaperones

$10.00 per student (Minimum payment: $120)
Today Santa Clara Valley is the global center for high technology and innovation. San José, however, has been at the forefront of social and economic change since the 1860s. The tour offers students the opportunity to explore the grounds of History Park and learn about the ways in which people worked and lived in San José from 1850 to 1970. Through this tour, students discover how people utilized the valley’s resources to reshape their environment and transform the region into a global innovation center.

Immigration: What’s Your Story? (Grades 4-8)
Mondays – Fridays
9:30 am – 11:45 am
Max. 36 students | 6 chaperones

$14.00 per student (Minimum payment: $294)
Students step into the shoes of four immigrants—a Chinese boy in the 1890s, a Portuguese girl fleeing a volcanic eruption in the 1950s, a Mexican guest worker in the 1950s, and a Vietnamese refugee mother in the 1980s—and ponder how immigration policies and cultural identity shape a person’s life in San José. Throughout this innovative field trip students explore historic artifacts to compare the motivations, challenges, and triumphs most immigrants face when moving to a new country.

Grant funding available for this program through the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project.

Collections Center

1661 Senter Road | San Jose, CA 95112

Gonzales/Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site

Adobe: 184 W. Saint John Street | San Jose, CA 95110

Historic House: 175 W. Saint John Street | San Jose, CA 95110

HSJ School Programs

Roberto Adobe & Suñol House

770 Lincoln Ave | San Jose, CA 9511

Planning Your Visit

Funding Assistance Programs

Title I Grant
Thanks to the generosity of the Hugh Stuart Center Charitable Trust and Google, Title I Schools are eligible for a grant that covers all the HSJ program fees and reimburses groups up to $300 in transportation costs for onsite school programs. When registering for school programs, please indicate that your group is eligible and would like to be considered for the grant. 

Immigration: What’s Your Story Grant
The Chinese History & Cultural Project offers a grant to public schools in the Santa Clara Valley that attend the “Immigration: What’s Your Story?” onsite and virtual programs. The grant covers the program fees and reimbursement of up to $300 per visit to HSJ site.


Chaperones play a significant role in the success of the group’s educational program and are essential to creating a positive experience.  Chaperones are expected to assist with HSJ’s hands-on stations and enhance the educational experiences of all of the students. Prior to your visit, talk with chaperones about the importance of their participation and cooperation.

Buses and Parking 

History Park:
Please plan on arriving 10 minutes early to unload. Buses and cars should unload at the group entrance located at 1650 Senter Road between Alma and Phelan Streets. Museum educators will greet your group at the gate and provide parking passes to all drivers.

Gonzales/Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site 
Please plan on arriving 10 minutes early to unload. If traveling by bus, unload at the entrance of the historic site on W. St. John Street. If traveling by car, park at the Market and San Pedro Square Garage at 45 N. Market Street.

Roberto Adobe & Suñol House
Please plan on arriving 10 minutes early to unload. If traveling by bus, unload in front of the house on Lincoln Avenue. If traveling by car, limited parking is available in the back lot of the house. Please check with the museum education staff before choosing this option.


History Park has several picnic tables and lawn areas to enjoy your lunches. Groups visiting our historic downtown sites can use the outdoor tables available for picnic lunches at the San Pedro Market. 

Groups participating in our “From Tamien Nation to Gold Country” program, there is no designated lunch area but you can eat in the courtyard. There is a “trash-in/trash-out” policy. This means that ALL TRASH must be removed by the group from the property. Groups that don’t comply will accrue a $50 fine. 


History San José seeks to serve every school and every student. To discuss any particular approaches you’d like to take with your students, please speak with our staff educators via email at or through the phone at 408.918.1040.

Cancellation and Rescheduling

If you are unable to attend the school program, please contact us at as soon as possible to reschedule. Rescheduling slots are limited at the end of the school year so HSJ needs to know early to be able to meet your needs. Should you choose to cancel your school program, your deposit is non-refundable.  In case of inclement weather or public health emergency, we reserve the right to cancel your school program and will notify you as soon as possible. We will make every effort to reschedule your visit. 


  1. Read the description of HSJ’s school programs and decide which program(s) fit your needs.
  2. Register online at Please indicate if you would like to stay for lunch, if you are eligible for grant funding, and if you need accommodations for students with learning and physical disabilities or if there are students that will require a language advocate. 
  3. Receive a confirmation email from HSJ within 3 weeks of your online registration. The confirmation email will include your program date, program description, and deposit information. Please note that we charge a minimum rate for our programs. 
  4. After you submit your 50% non-refundable deposit, you will receive a confirmation email with the resources you will need to attend the program. 
  5. Pay the remainder of your balance two weeks before your visit. HSJ accepts check or credit card payments.  Our museum educators do not accept money the day of the program. 


HSJ’s Education Staff is happy to answer any questions you may have. Email or call 408.918.1040.

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