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Los Gatos Museum Association
PO Box 1904, Los Gatos, CA 95031
Ph: 408.395.7375
Fx: 408.395.7386

Executive Director – [email protected]
Executive Assistant – [email protected]
Art Curator – [email protected]
Volunteer Coordinator – [email protected]
Web Master – [email protected]
General Requests – [email protected]

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The Museums of Los Gatos are dedicated to enhancing community life through the preservation, exhibition and interpretation of our regional and natural histories, and in increasing community appreciation of the fine arts.

Los Gatos, 1965 – The hills were already here, dense with oak, pine, spruce and redwood. Wildlife – the deer, raccoon, quail and an occasional bobcat – hardly recognized town limits and felt at home in tree-covered neighborhoods. Narrow streets with wood-framed bungalows and broad avenues generously endowed with Victorian houses properly linked the past with the present.

The schools were good; the library growing. Art, music and drama, if not in residence, at least paid frequent visits. The Los Gatos lifestyle offered just about everything in 1965. Everything but a museum, thought Dr. Ethel Dana. Dana firmly believed that her seven children could not grow up in a community that lacked a museum.

So she did something about it.

Today, thanks to Ethel Dana and a growing number of dedicated volunteers like her, the Museums of Los Gatos are thriving. The Museum is making Los Gatos a better place to grow up in, as well as a better place to live in.

The collections are housed in Los Gatos, in two historic buildings—one the remains of a Gold Rush-era flour mill, the other the town’s first firehouse. Both are open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4pm, are wheelchair accessible and have ample parking. Admission is free, but the suggested $2 per person donation is always welcome.

Exhibits change frequently throughout the year. See the list of current and future events on our web site, call the museums for current information — or better yet — become a member and always know what’s going on.

4 Tait Ave. at W. Main St.
This 1927 Spanish Eclectic former firehouse is designated by the State Historical Resources Commission, and Santa Clara County Point of Historical Interest No. SCL-060.

Forbes Mill Annex, 75 Church St off E. Main St.
The 1880 annex to “Forbes Mill” is on the National Register of Historic Places (1978), the California State Register of Historic Places No. 458, Santa Clara County Point of Historical Interest No. SCL-3784 and a Los Gatos-Saratoga Realtors Association Historical Landmark.



Steve Clarke

1st Vice President
Sandy Decker

2nd Vice President
Penelope O’Neill

Stephanie Mathews

Pat Dunning


John C. Agg
Eileen Broadwater
Noreen Christopher
Elke Groves
Carol Gruetzner
Kim Karloff
Al Simon
Allen C. Slutman

Staff & Key Volunteers:

Executive Director
Stephanie Hatch

Executive Assistant
Tara Alkire

Art Curator
Catherine Politopoulos

Collections Managers
Leon & Joann Milburn

Volunteer Coordinator
Celeste Melehan

The Museums of Los Gatos is a non-profit educational institution that promotes and encourages a greater understanding of our rich local history and the fine arts through its exhibitions, collections and programs for the benefit of Los Gatos residents, and visitors to Los Gatos.