Ainsley House

300 Grant St, Campbell, CA 95008

By Ben Loomis – DSC_9441.jpg, CC BY 2.0,

Ainsley House is the Museum of Campbell’s Historic House. During the Arts and Crafts movement, the home was designed in the style of an English Tudor Cotswold cottage. Founded in 1925, the home was the third home of John Colpitts Ainsley, a local canning pioneer, and his wife, Alcinda Ainsley.

Originally situated on the corner of Hamilton and Johnson (now Bascom) Avenue in Campbell, the home was moved to its current location at 300 Grant Street in 1990, after being donated by the surviving members of the Ainsley family to the city of Campbell. In 2005, the home and its carriage house were listed on the National Historic Places Register (NRHP).

The mission of the Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House is to interpret and preserve the history of the Campbell area in imaginative and meaningful ways, from its revolutionary origins to the setting of today’s 21st century, and to relate that history within the wider context of the Santa Clara Valley and the region.


  • $8          Adults (18-65)
  • $6          Seniors (65+)
  • $4          Youth (7-17)
  • FREE     Children (7 and younger)
  • FREE     Museum Members


Thursday-Sunday, 12-4pm


The Ainsley House is a historical building designed in 1925 that was not planned for ADA accessibility. For all people with disabilities, the two story house is not completely accessible. On the ground floor, the Carriage House Visitor’s Center and Museum Store are open.

The historic house museum’s guided tours are wheelchair accessible through a wheelchair ramp to the first floor level for access to the following rooms: living room, dining room, breakfast room, and foyers.

In the Campbell Library parking lot, accessible parking and site access are located.

In the museum and carriage house, service animals individually trained to do work or perform activities for a person with a disability are welcome. Non-service pets, or animals whose purpose is to provide comfort or emotional support, are not authorized.

In the house museum and carriage house visitor’s center, walking devices are enabled.

For the blind and sight-limited, touch tours of the museum are available.

Museum tours last approximately 45 minutes and involve brief walking times, stair climbing, and longer standing times. For those who need to sit during the tour, folding chairs are open.

The bathroom, once available, is located in the Carriage House.

The Ainsley House Museum will aim to meet your requirements. 

This amazing historical landmark is just one of the many must-see landmarks you don’t want to miss in Campbell, California:

  • Winchester Mystery House
  • Los Gatos Creek Trail 
  • Los Gatos Creek County Park
  • John D. Morgan Park
  • Campbell Historical Museum
  • Campbell Park
  • Stojanovich Family Park  

All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our location located at 3880 South Bascom Avenue in San Jose, California! Stop by for a visit anytime!