The exhibitions at HAHS promote understanding and interest in the history of the Hayward area. We strive to make the past relevant to our community today. At the Downtown Museum you’ll find a permanent exhibit on the general history of the area and special exhibitions on a variety of topics throughout the year.
Current Special Exhibitions
There are no special exhibitions at the moment, please check back soon.
There are no permanent exhibitions at the moment, please check back soon.
From Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
until Friday, August 26th, 2011
The Way We Camped
From Saturday, October 9th, 2010
until Sunday, November 14th, 2010
Open October 9 - November 14, 2010
From Thursday, April 8th, 2010
until Saturday, September 4th, 2010
Photographs from the HAHS Collection
From Saturday, January 16th, 2010
until Saturday, March 13th, 2010
Portraits and Stories of Holocaust Survivors
From Thursday, September 3rd, 2009
until Saturday, January 2nd, 2010
At the Downtown Museum! Come See the California Grizzly in Hayward!
From Saturday, October 10th, 2009
until Sunday, November 8th, 2009
At the historic Meek Mansion in Cherryland’s Meek Park!
From Thursday, May 14th, 2009
until Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
The suburban building boom of the 1940s and 1950s transformed the Hayward area and set the stage for the shape of today’s community.
From Saturday, November 22nd, 2008
until Saturday, April 4th, 2009
Good Manners never go out of style but they do change over time. Take a look at how rules of good etiquette change.
From Saturday, June 14th, 2008
until Saturday, November 8th, 2008
Explore the history of auto racing in the Hayward area.
From Saturday, March 1st, 2008
until Saturday, May 31st, 2008
Rondal Partridge has been making photographs for most of his 85 years. He is the son of Imogen Cunningham, an apprentice to Ansel Adams, and protégé of Dorothea Lange. While all three famous photographers influenced him, Partridge's work is unique in its own right and is celebrated in the exhibition "From the Byways to the Highways: Rondal Partridge Photographs California 1936-1969."
From Thursday, October 4th, 2007
until Saturday, February 16th, 2008
Modern views of death evolved over time and very widely influenced by culture, family, and beliefs, making the topic particularly relevant to discuss in a history museum exhibit - especially in a community as diverse as ours. What are the funeral customs practiced in this community? How do we mourn and remember the dead? By exploring what we do after someone dies, not the process of dying itself, the Dearly Departed exhibit answers these questions.
From Tuesday, June 6th, 2006
until Saturday, September 2nd, 2006
Generation X, or the Baby Busters, are people born roughly between 1965 and 1979. Their formative years occurred mostly in the 1970s with their high school and college years in the 1980s. This is the first generation to reap the benefits of new technologies in their home entertainment and conveniences as well as education. Electronic games, cable television, and microwave ovens are examples of just some of the new technologies that finally make their way into the 1970s middle class home. Additionally, Generation X is the first generation to be completely inundated and influenced by mass media. Television, movies, music or magazines guided most of this generation’s wants and desires as children. Members of generation X are now in their 30s and 40s, a perfect time to look back at the influences on their childhood.