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A Little History and Ride a Trolley

Unfortunately, we arrived only fifteen minutes before closing, but it was enough to see that I want... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2018
Kenneth L
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Los Angeles, California
a great place to check out San Jose history

This place provides a look back at the history of San Jose before it became known as the tech giant... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2018
daniaschaffer2018
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

We got there late on a rainy day and so didn't get to experience the whole park, but the parts we did were fabulous. We saw an exhibit about trolleys and one about printing. In both exhibits the volunteer docents provided excellent context and hands on experiences. I wish we had gotten there in time to see the rest of the exhibits. Highly recommend for families and those looking to pass an informative and leisurely day. There is limited free parking, but you can park for $6 fairly close by in a park.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Pamela A
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

This park is really smartly realized. Many period houses and building are restored and open. There is also a period train to take around the park. This is a fun and accessible way to explore history.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank anmerowsill
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Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

Lovely park. Directions brought us to a pay to park lot where we didn't have access and had to drive around. It was a week day and we got a parking spot right near the entrance. Very quiet as most of the buildings we're closed when we were there, but it was still nice to walk around and read the plaques about the buildings.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank belindam
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

Used to come here just for the gift shop, but heard about a photo exhibit of field workers, so took sister and auntie. The exhibit was great, and my 80+ auntie loved all the old buildings and riding in the trolley car. I was disappointed that the gift shop was moved and really small with very limited offerings, and even worse, it was closed. We had some nice ice cream though; a deal at 2 scoops for $4 (1 for $3), but there were only a few flavors to choose from. Of course, only volunteers work there, so not all buildings were open. Learned alot from the gentleman in the Black history building, and the Vietnamese building was impressive in the amount of items and information, and being born and raised here, it is fun imagining living here way back when...It was a beautiful day and I look forward to returning again to stroll through the quaint streets, maybe bringing a picnic lunch next time.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank rmromandia
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

We were over at the Japanese Friendship Garden and knew there were a couple museums over here so decided to check it out. Wow! This place is so cute, has a lot of history, and the volunteers are great - very passionate, sweet and informative. Different areas are open at different times, we will be back.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank marriedwithmaps
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