2200 Broadway
Redwood City, CA 94063
Maps & Directions

Hours & Admission


Instagram Follow Me on Pinterest Facebook Twitter

E-News Sign-Up


Accredited by the American Alliance
of Museums

Family Past Times

Tree Treasures

Prepare for the holiday season by making your own Tree Treasures.
According to legend, the first Christmas tree was decorated in Germany. While German immigrants brought the tradition to North America, it did not become widely popular until the Victorian period. Queen Victoria’s husband Albert, a German prince, introduced the idea in England. Newspaper reports of the queen’s holday celebrations quickly spread the popularity of decorated trees across England and the United States.

People made their own ornaments for early Victorian Christmas trees. They hung fancy cakes, gingerbreads and cornucopias filled with sweets and nuts on to their trees. By the late 1800s, people decorated trees with many store-bought ornaments such as metal Dresdens or glass baubles.

Among the crafts, kids can create the following:
  • Gingerbread ornaments painted by hand.
  • Cornicopias to fill with sweet treats
  • Dresdens glittering silver and gold.
  • Victorian fans decorated with old-time images.
  • Gegaws to glitter on the tree.
  • "Candles" to light up the tree.

Ring in the holidays with the SFSU Handbell Choir. Concert at 1 p.m. in Courtroom A.

Family Past Times

A Family Past Times is a fun-filled exploration of history featuring arts, crafts and hands-on demonstrations at the History Musem.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Last admission at 3:45 p.m.
History Museum
Tree Treasures is held in conjunction with Redwood City's Hometown Holiday celebration. Free pictures with Santa will be taken in the museum rotunda.
Click here for event flyer.
Contact Us
For more information, call 650.299.0104 or email us.