Opened in 1990, the Museum of American Heritage is dedicated to displaying and teaching about the innovation and technological advancements made in America from 1750-1950. It focuses on inventions and technology that helped shaped America and in tracing the evolution of that technology and how it has influenced American society. It utilizes over 5,000 historical artifacts, from kitchen appliances to printing presses, in permanent and rotating exhibits to tell this story.
Frank Livermore, who died in 2000, the museum began with his purchase of a Standard
vacuum sweeper from a flea market in the early 1970s. From there, Mr. Livermore continued to add to
his collection of vintage equipment, tools, and mechanical items until a friend
suggested that he open a museum.
Livermore acquired the use of the historic 1907 home of Dr. Thomas
Williams in 1997. The museum then
renovated the home and gardens which permitted the display of additional museum
permanent exhibits of the museum are: the Early 20th Century
Kitchen, the 1920s General Store, an operating 1920s-1930s printing press, the
1920s Marshall Mathews Car Garage and the Ruth Bell Lane Memorial Garden. Contained within these exhibits are a 1915
Model T touring car and a replica World War II Victory Garden, among many other
offers lectures, classes, workshops and other special events. It also offers science “samplers” for school
aged children, to include printing, puzzle, and electrical “samplers,” or
workshops. Annually, the museum presents
its Vintage Vehicle and Family Festival and its “Living LEGO-CY” show, a
popular display of Lego structures, from trains, to Bay Area landmarks to
castles. Finally, admission to the
museum is free, but donations are accepted and greatly appreciated.