Historical Museum & Ainsley House

The Campbell Historical Museum is located in  Campbell, California, and is part of the City of Campbell’s Recreation & Parks, who is the steward of the public trust of artifacts, photographs, archives and historic sites owned by the city. The museum is also responsible for information and or objects related to the city’s five historic sites:  including the Campbell Union Grammar School,  Campbell Union High School Historic District (the Campbell Community Center), and the John Colpitts Ainsley House.

Historical Museum

51 N. Central Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008


The Campbell Historical Museum is located in the City’s first public building, Firehouse #1. Visitors can explore the City’s rich history through self-guided tours. Changing exhibits use themes of Home Life, Community, Recreation, and Work to provide insight into daily life in the Santa Clara Valley over the past century. Engaging, hands-on features in each exhibit area encourage personal interaction with historical objects in order to better understand life in the region today.

Ainsley House
300 Grant St.
Campbell, CA 95008

Just across the street and down a short walk behind the Campbell Library sits the historic Ainsley House.

The September Boys

In September 1917 over 200 men from Santa Clara County were drafted to fight in WWI. By September 1918 these men were part of the largest American Campaign in history, the attacks in Meuse-Argonne, France. Join us on July 22, as Barney Terrell, tells us their story.