Creating innovators of the future through inventions of the past
Profile of MOAH
MOAH was founded in 1990 by Frank Livermore. Frank began collecting in 1960. As his collection grew, he encountered other collectors with similar interests, and eventually this group became the nucleus of the Museum's founding group. Frank was active in Museum affairs until his death in 2000.
The Museum occupied two previous sites in Palo Alto before settling in its current location.
We combine elements of history, technology and design to illustrate the evolution of technology,
how and why it has influenced society from inception to the current time, and a glimpse of future expectations.
Permanent and rotating special exhibits feature MOAH's extensive collection of antiquities and selected itms from
private collections not otherwise available for public display.
Classes, lectures and family-friendly events appeal to students of all ages,
with many MOAH classes providing middle school students hands-on learning opportunities not readily
Collect, preserve and display historic objects and inventions that illustrate the effects
and influence of innovation.
Provide educational activities that integrate history, technology and design
Show the evolution, influence and relevance of historic innovations to the technologies and society
of the past and present.
Establish self-confidence in science and applied mathematics with the use of guided,
hands-on experimentation to teach technical concepts.
Honor the contributions of local individuals, organizations and industries to technological history.
Present private collections not otherwise available to the public.
Provide a stimulating social and professional venue for volunteers to serve the community
Honor founder Frank Livermore's contributions and legacy to the community.
MOAH presents special exhibits throughout the year,
highlighting significant subjects employing 19th and 20th
Selected items from the MOAH collection are
presented in the Collection Corner, also on a rotating basis.
Permanent exhibits emphasize the early 20th century, including
the General Store, 1920s Kitchen and Dr. William's Office.
And the Williams House, built in 1907, creates a special
ambience that enhances all the exhibits.
The museum is a private non-profit organization that is supported solely by memberships, donations, and grants.
The museum has an average of 12,000 visitors per year, plus 3000 to 6000 visitors for special holiday displays
and over 5,000 attendees at its annual Vintage Vehicles and Family Festival.
Group tours are available by appointment. Please see the
Education section of this website for more information on our group tours.
This page last updated: February 11, 2013.
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