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.
Monday-Sunday 9 am – 4 pm
Try the History Park Trolley:
Saturday & Sunday
First Ride: 12:00 noon
Last Ride: 3:15 pm
(Entrance near the South Gate,
635 Phelan Avenue, San Jose)
Gift Shop is currently closed
O’Brien’s Ice Cream Parlor and Candy Shop is currently closed
Admission is free year-round, except during special events and programs.
As part of the Blue Star Museums Program, from Armed Forces Day, May 21, 2022, through Labor Day, September 5, 2022, all military personnel and their families get free admission to History San José-sponsored events.
History Park Walking Tour:
Tuesdays & Thursdays 1-2pm
A museum guide will lead you through History Park, discussing the historical and architectural background of each building. For some of the more important buildings, the famous people associated with them will be highlighted! The tour ends at the Bay Area Glass Institute, where you will get to see glass made in real-time.
To book a reservation, please look at the calendar below.
Public Holiday Closures:
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are required for all public tours and inside exhibit buildings.
Public Programs & Events
History San José offers a broad selection of programming at History Park that enriches the region’s cultural heritage. Programs include everything from public lectures, workshops, cultural festivals, docent-led tours, and array of programs for the general public.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Masks must be worn inside of all buildings and social distancing will be enforced.
- Hand sanitizer is available in all indoor spaces but handwashing is highly encouraged.
Parking for most programs is off of Phelan Ave.
Please check out our calendar below and book a program or event today!