The Museum of American Heritage Presents The Inventing the 20th Century 1901-1941
Many people know Palo Alto for art and culture, and it’s for good reason. Even the most causal observer might stumble into any one of the fine art museums in and around the community. One of the most popular isn’t an art museum, at least in the traditional sense; it’s the Museum of American Heritage or MOAH. Unlike This unique museum in Palo Alto celebrates the art and history of technology and invention. Through January 13, 2013, see Inventing the 20th Century 1901-1941. The exhibit is a follow-up to a previous presentation called Victorian America: Invention and Technology. The current exhibit shows visitors how the ideas and inventions of the second half of the 19th century further developed and inspired technological advancements leading up to the start of World War II. It also highlights inventions that 19th century Americans could only dream of, and others they could scarcely imagine. Many of these inventions are still in use today, albeit on a much more advanced scale. Everything from vacuum cleaners and kitchen appliances, to radios, TVs, and computers, trace their roots back to this time in the nation’s history.
Located across from Heritage Park on the beautifully tree-lined Homer Avenue in the heart of Palo Alto, the museum sits behind a lush collection of trees and hedges. MOAH was established in 1960 by collector Frank Livermore. Today it mixes history, technology, and design to show how the groundbreaking inventions of previous generations have shaped our lives in the 21st century, as well as the effects still to come. Many of the pieces in the exhibit happen to be rare and valuable antiques that have long been a part of the MOAH collection. For more information on the museum visit MOAH.org.