Immerse in local history, the record industry and World War I at Bay Area museums

The identity of this mystery object will be revealed next month. (Photo courtesy of John Mills)

The weather has been beckoning us to leave the house and get away for a destination ride. I have a list of three museums you’ll enjoy, plus a few extra goodies.

Museum of American Heritage, Palo Alto: The current exhibit – “In the Groove: A History of Record Players” – is a trek down memory lane for veteran enthusiasts and a source of info to the increasing number of vinyl hobbyists. Visitors will learn the background behind phonographs, jukeboxes and turntables. They’ll also explore the ways record players changed the landscape of music.

Some of the myriad topics explored include the various sizes of the records, the social impact of bringing music into the home, even how organized crime was involved with the jukebox industry.

The exhibit features a display of record players, early Edison phonographs, a Seeburg jukebox, a Metzner turntable and an assortment of music boxes.

Details: The exhibit runs through Aug. 19. The museum, founded in 1990, is located art 351 Homer St., Palo Alto. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Admission is free. 650-321-1004, or

Museum on Main, Pleasanton: While in town for the Pleasanton Antiques Show May 27, visit this museum. It’s a treasure trove of the Tri-Valley and where you will learn about regional history. A trip to the gift shop after you peruse the exhibits rounds out your stop.

Details: The Museum is at 603 Main St., Pleasanton. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1 a.m. -4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free but donations gratefully accepted. 925- 462-2766 or

Los Altos History Museum, Los Altos: The Los Altos History Museum is one of just a few museums in the country with special exhibitions curated by the National Archives to commemorate the centennial of the U.S. involvement in World War I. You can catch the exhibit “Over Here: …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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