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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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English first
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

This museum is exciting in some areas, but it borders on "nerdy" at times. For kids this WILL be a blast! Kids are much more into this! For adults only though? A little boring, but not at all a waste of money. Definitely a must do once, but not a place to frequent.

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Lake Arrowhead, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Over half of the technology displays didn't work. Very disappointing. It is a good idea but really needs to be maintained.

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Fresno, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This may seem to be a place for children but I assure you this place is great for couples as well. It has fun hands on activities and provides a great time. Having gone to other bay area museums this is my favorite.

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Mililani
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We visited this museum before leaving San Jose and just loved it. Great hands on exhibits for my boys. We like visiting different museums when we travel and this was one not to be missed. Big word of advice though, call before coming and if they have field trips there, schedule your visit around it since parking costs $5/hr in... More

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Miami Beach, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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