As the calendar reaches its end and 2013 comes into view, local museums and cultural institutions have released their schedules for next year. There are some great exhibits, events and displays planned for local Peninsula museums and cultural centers. Why not make a visit to each a bullet on your New Year’s resolutions’ list?
The People’s Tunnel: Highway 1 at Devil’s Slide
San Mateo County History Museum
Redwood City, CA 94063
Dates: Now through May, 2013
Long-time residents of the Peninsula and Coastside may remember the controversy over the Devil’s Slide area of California Route 1. Arguments over building an inland bypass or a tunnel to bypass the rockslide-ridden area of the road have raged for decades. This part of the Coastside has often been hard to reach, and a new exhibit at the San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City explores the history of the Devil’s Slide area, the roads and the Ocean Shore Railroad that traveled there and the new changes that will be occurring with the tunnels scheduled to open sometime in 2013. This photographic exhibition opened November 13 and will remain at the museum through May.
Open Cockpit Day with the Boeing SST
Hiller Aviation Museum
601 Skyway Road
San Carlos, CA 94070
Date: January 5, 2013
At the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, aviation history is not just written about, it’s shown in person. The museum’s monthly Open Cockpit days, where patrons are allowed to sit in the cockpit of various historic aircrafts, begins with a bang in January 2013 with the last opportunity to see a Boeing SST, the first American passenger plane designed to fly supersonic. Similar to the Concorde, the Boeing SST was designed to travel faster than regular jets and break the sound barrier. Although several prototypes were built, the SST never went into regular production. Open Cockpit Day is scheduled for January 5, with a lecture on the Boeing SST presented at 11 a.m.
Weekend Workshops for Kids
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401
Dates: Now through May, 2013
Looking for a fun winter weekend activity for your kids? CuriOdyssey is holding a series of weekend workshops through May that seek to explore science in a hands-on way. Upcoming workshops include making a soda rocket, building a marble run and exploring animal dissection. Ages recommended for each workshop vary, but most are designed for older elementary and tweens. Advance registration is required and parents are welcome to join their children at the workshop.
CHM Presents: Revolutionaries
Computer History Museum
1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043
Dates: Throughout 2013
The Computer History Museum has continued to expand its exhibitions and events. Housed in the former SGI headquarters, the building itself, as well as its exhibits and docents, demonstrate the constantly changing face of Silicon Valley and the computer revolution. The museum’s signature exhibit, “Revolution: The First 2,000 Years of Computing,” opened in 2011 and featured over a thousand artifacts from computing’s history. A slate of notable speakers will be coming to the museum in 2013, including PayPal founder and entrepreneur Elon Musk, former San Francisco mayor and California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Justin Rattner, CTO of Intel. For specific dates, times and links to RSVP, see the Computer History Museum’s events page.
From Fiber to Fabric
Museum of American Heritage
251 Homer Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Dates: February through August, 2013
From February through August, the small Museum of American Heritage in Palo Alto will be presenting a new exhibit titled “From Fiber to Fabric.” This display demonstrates the long history of fiber and clothing, and the technologies developed to grow fiber and turn it first into yarn and cloth and then into clothing. In addition, MOAH’s permanent exhibits show several scenes of life before the middle of the 20th century.
Laura Tarwater-Scharp is a freelance writer, editor and historian. Originally from the Midwest, she has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over a decade. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.