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The Tech Museum of Innovation

201 S. Market St, San Jose, CA 95113
+1 408-294-8324
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Ranked #7 of 80 attractions in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Science Museums, Museums
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: The Tech Museum of Innovation is a Silicon Valley landmark for visitors seeking a glimpse of the most innovative place on Earth. The 132,000 square... more » Owner description: The Tech Museum of Innovation is a Silicon Valley landmark for visitors seeking a glimpse of the most innovative place on Earth. The 132,000 square foot museum is one of the nation's premier science and technology museums. The Tech is dedicated to inspire the innovator in everyone. Through fun, hands-on experiences and one of-a-kind floor programs, many supported by Stanford and NASA, the museum unleashes the creative sparks hidden within. Enjoy the largest IMAX dome screen in the West with its eight story-high screen and digital surround-sound system. New! Build, program, and decorate a "social robot" or explore The Tech Studio, a unique space that boasts the latest in cutting-edge digital fabrication with 3D printers, CNC machines, and laser cutters. With so many experiences at your fingertips, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination! Don't miss the last chance to see Star Wars (R): Where Science Meets Imagination, the exhibition. Open now through February 23, 2014. This is the first and last chance to see this 10,000 sq foot exhibition that includes 80 authentic costumes from all 6 films, plus interactive hands-on labs. Museum opens at 10:00 a.m.; closing times vary. « less
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Miami Beach, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

I visited this museum hoping to learn about high-tech gadgets, boy was I disappointed. This was a children's science museum, and not a particularly good one. The exhibits fall into two categories: 1) fun to play with for a few minutes, but completely lacking information, or (2) mind-numbingly boring and filled with un-decipherable amounts of unsorted facts. For example, (1)... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This place was way more fun than I thought it would be! It is not huge, but it had many interactive activities to keep two 35 year olds entertained :). I thought it was cool that all the exhibit signs were included in Spanish as well as English. I also liked that there were some exhibits that highlighted how technology... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Very interactive with things to do for the whole family. A blast for the kids to the point they do not realize the experience is educational.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

Our whole family has enjoyed this museum for two years in a row now. It is a great place to bring young people who are just a little too old to find the Children's Discovery Museum interesting. The latest exhibit about music was so interesting and fun to visit. Elementary Teacher mom was excited to experiment with bending the sounds... More

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Ontario, Canada
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71 reviews 71 reviews
27 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Tech Museum is a great place to take kids when on holiday. There are lots of hands on activities for big and little kids.

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Littleton, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Very cool museum....... I really liked the Silicon Valley Innovation Gallery, and all the activities we did there!

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Israel
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Lots of opportunities to actually play with exhibits. A few things didn't work. Great location in the city center.

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San Jose, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Time goes really quickly at the Tech Museum. If you live within reasonable driving distance, it's best to buy an annual pass and do multiple short trips because there is so much to investigate. Also, those of us with a short attention span have difficulty concentrating after a while. Park at the Convention Center and get validation for cheapest nearby... More

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New York City, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This museum is good for all age groups. The museum is well organized, with sections dedicated to space, underwater explorations, electronics, energy, robotics, biology, natural disasters and innovation. The exhibits are well maintained and the activities are interesting. The jetpack, earth quack simulator and the biological hands on experiment will give you a first hand experience. There are robotic workshops... More

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San Jose, California
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5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I've visited the Star Wars exhibition and promptly purchased a giant Chewbaca. Of course, the exhibition itself was amazing, too! The museum has a ton of cool innovations, and again, this is a place that would probably also hold the attention of kids.

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