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The Tech Museum of Innovation

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Address: 201 S. Market St, San Jose, CA 95113
Phone Number: +1 408-294-8324
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Description: The Tech Museum of Innovation is a Silicon Valley landmark for visitors...
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.
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This is not your walk around and stare at old paintings on the wall. Very interactive and hands on exhibits! Great place to take the family

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This is not your walk around and stare at old paintings on the wall. Very interactive and hands on exhibits! Great place to take the family

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I reviewed this a year ago, but since then they have changed (upgraded) the cafe. They have also made an effort to move in new exhibits but have kept some of the older great ones like the earthquake simulator.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This is a great museum and my sons who are 8,7, and 5 enjoyed many of the exhibits. Their favorite was the Explore Your World center by Google Earth. Our only complaint is that the build your own roller coaster simulator did not work after the kids had all designed and tested their coasters.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The tech museum did not meet our expectations. Our kids were completely underwhelmed by the experience. They pointed out how outdated the computer technology was and that no technological advances of the past decade were represented. That's feedback from children. I cannot begin to explain how bad I thought it was. Technology companies like HP and Cisco should've be embarrassed... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

It's a great place to take children for the activities. However, there aren't activities for adults such as what the Spy Museum has in Washington, DC. It's funny because the directions for the activities are written at a more adult level. I'm still glad we checked it out though. I still learned some things about physics, although the price is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Went here with my family today. The museum was very crowded with young kids and was hard to experience all that it had to offer. The museum overall was awesome with tons of hands on experiences to learn. It would be a great place to take younger kids

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I took my grandson, which might have been a mistake as he was only 5 and nothing seemed to grab his attention. I did notice the older kids there seemed to enjoy. Also...it was so crowded that it was pretty difficult to truly enjoy any of the exhibits. Perhaps another day (and when he's older!).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Nice museum but if kids are too young they can't understand.at-least 3rd or 4th grade kids can learn a lot.We loved the "the Humpback whales "I max show . Wonderful.i max theater is huge,biggest in the west coast.at-least three hours need to finish the museum tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

A world of discovery! For those with children is a very interesting and fun ride! An interactive step and full of culture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

Came to visit with my kids for spring break, and we all had a great time. There were lots of hands on stuff for the kids to try out. We also checked out the IMAX ttheatre which was very cool. We spent a good 5 hours here!

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