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Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, Sunnyvale

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The Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum is a historical museum located in Sunnyvale, California. It is a replica of the original Martin Murphy family home.

The Martin Murphy family, founders of the City of Sunnyvale, constructed the house in the 1850s. Since there were no sawmills near Sunnyvale at that time, they had the lumber milled and the house assembled to their specifications in Bangor, Maine, then shipped it in pieces around Cape Horn to Sunnyvale, where it was reassembled. It was held together with wooden pegs and leather straps, and was the first wood-frame house in Sunnyvale. The Sunnyvale Historical Society obtained its designation as a California State Historical Landmark in 1958. It was demolished by the city in 1961 due to extensive damage following a fire.
The Sunnyvale Historical Museum was constructed as a replica at Sunnyvale Heritage Park next to the Sunnyvale Community Center, and was dedicated and opened in September, 2008, as a testament to the history of Sunnyvale and the contributions made by the Martin Murphy family towards the founding of Sunnyvale. It was funded through public donations and contributions from the State of California and the City of Sunnyvale. In the main exhibit room is a 60-foot mural of Sunnyvale history.
Heritage Park also includes a Heritage Orchard of apricot trees and a barn with an outdoor interpretive exhibit on the agricultural history of the Santa Clara Valley. In December 2018, after removal of a park maintenance building, a new front entrance to the museum was created with additional outside exhibits.
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  • This museum is a real gem for learning about the pre-Silicon Valley history of the area. Among other things, the area used to be one of the biggest fruit-growing regions of the country, and next to... 
    This museum is a real gem for learning about the pre-Silicon Valley history of the area. Among other things, the area used to be one of the biggest fruit-growing regions of the country, and next to...  more »
  • I went to the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum. The outside was decorated for the holiday season Its a good place to learn about local history. There are also some exhibits outside. 
    I went to the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum. The outside was decorated for the holiday season Its a good place to learn about local history. There are also some exhibits outside.  more »
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  • Great exhibits and, most importantly, friendly and knowledgeable docents. We learned about the Murphy family and the early days of Sunnyvale.
  • This once a year Christmas tea was a very nice afternoon out. One type of tea tasted wonderful and the ladies serving were very pleasant and always right there with a hot refill just when one was needed. A yellow raisin scones with apricot jam, clotted cream and lemon curd. Only complaint was that the scones was cold and a bit crumbly. Finger sandwiches and a variety of sweets accompanied our tea. All the edibles are made by volunteers; so all monies received go directly to the museum. And we received a free little appetizer size fork as a gift. We had access to the museum before the event. It may be a small space but it is packed with lots of interesting historical facts about the Sunnyvale area. We also were able to visit the Gift shop before and after the tea. Wonderful items, some of which are one of a kind; since many items are donated. They have another tea in the Spring; I highly recommend.

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