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Background

The Gilroy Museum is housed in the historic 1910 Carnegie Library Building, the result of a $10,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie. The classic revival style building was designed by well-known California architect William H. Weeks and stands on a former tennis court, the gift of local benefactress Caroline A. Hoxett. The Gilroy Public Library opened on July 27, 1910, and remained there until 1975, when it moved to its current location at Sixth and Rosanna Streets.

In the mid-1950's, the large dirt-floor room in the basement of the Carnegie Library was remodeled as a community room. It was this room that saw the birth of the Gilroy Museum. Armand White, a member of one of Gilroy's pioneer families and a local history buff, began displaying his collections of memorabilia and historical items here in 1958.

In 1963, the City of Gilroy formally established the Gilroy Museum in the basement of the Carnegie Library Building with Mr. White as its first curator. Since the Gilroy Library moved to its larger quarters, the Museum has had use of the entire building for its collection which consists of over 25,000 items relating to the history of Gilroy and the South Santa Clara County area.

Admission

Admission to the Museum is FREE!

195 Fifth Street
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 846-0446
Email: gilroy.museum@ci.gilroy.ca.us

The Museum is staffed on a voluntary basis by members of the Gilroy Historical Society

Days/Hours of operation:

Winter Hours: The Gilroy Museum will close at 4:00 p.m. during the months of November through January.

Holidays: Closed Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28th Closed, Christmas and New Year’s, Tuesday, December 24 through January 1,2014 Open January 2nd for regular hours

Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Winter Hours (Nov - Jan) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
First Saturday of the Month 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (Except Holiday Weekends
Other Hours Closed all other days including November 20, December 27 and Holidays

Historic Walking Tours

Join members of the Gilroy Historical Society as they guide you on FREE Walking Tours through Gilroy's historic districts. Tours are given on the first Saturday of each month from 10am to noon. Reservations are recommended but not required. Call the Gilroy Museum at (408) 846-0446

Archival Materials

Archive materials are available for research by appointment only; please call and make reservations. Museum resources cannot be removed from the premises, but photocopies may be made for a nominal charge. Please be aware that older records and some bound materials cannot be photocopied.

Traveling Trunks

We have compiled trunks filled with duplicate museum artifacts, replicas, and reproductions along two themes: Kids 1890's and Ohlone Indians. They're available free of charge to schools and community groups. Call 846-0446 and reserve one for your group today!