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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 #9 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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Worcester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed what I saw of this museum which is why I've given it a 'very good' rating but I can see that my companions' complaints are justified and that this museum is in need of a major update. Some exhibits did not work, some were looking rather old and shabby and the ancient computer monitors are hardly state of... More

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Longport, New Jersey
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed my visit to the Tech Museum. It was directly across the street from my hotel, the Fairmont. I was offered 50% off the general admission because one of the main areas was being changed and a new special exhibit was being installed. They told me though that I would see everything in the museum. Seemed like a good... More

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Draper, Utah
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31 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

If you have children, this museum is aimed at them, it is too bad they have forgotten that adults enjoy places like this also. be aware that there is limited street parking and the city enjoys ticketing cars as soon as the meter expires, and you are only allowed 1 hour of parking. If you come here find a parking... More

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San Jose
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82 reviews 82 reviews
59 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This museum is a gem within Silicon Valley which most people often overlook. It's right next to Google campus in Mountain View. Please budget 2 hours for a thorough walk through.

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San Pablo, Costa Rica
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

It is really entertaining. I would suggest to reserve at least 3 hours cause there are a lot of hands on things to try. They also have a store where they sell G33k Stuff. In front of the museum is the Cesar Chavez plaza, be sure to walk across and take a picture.

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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
29 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This place felt really disorganised and ill-prepared for the numbers of visitors that were there when we visited. The "build a robot" section woefully under catered for the number of children desperate to get in and build and there was no timed play or queuing system that would allow children to possibly get their number and go enjoy the rest... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is your basic hands-on science musuem for kids. Youngsters will have fun flying a jet pack, making music with body movement, etc. Not much for grown-ups w/o kids. Despite its name, this is not a museum about history of technology or the local tech industry.

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San Jose, California, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We have gone for a number of the special exhibits and have enjoyed them each time. They are well laid out and always worthwhile to see. The museum itself is interesting because of the history of the Silicon Valley. But the special exhibits make it something extra.

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Berkeley, California
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8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

An awesome place for children and adults to have "sciencey" (8 year old's word) fun. Some of the highlights for my family were the earthquake simulator and the astronaut experience. Generating electricity by pedaling a recumbant cycle really captured my kids' interest. This place requires a large employee and volunteer pool to assist visitors. Every interaction I had with a... More

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Salinas
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77 reviews 77 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is in the heart of downtown San Jose, and on some parts really technologically good (like buying tickets online) and the really meaty part of the exhibits not so technologically good because they are all over 10 years old. I know technology is really fast at changing, but nothing has been updated in quite a while.

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