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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 81 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I have visited this museum several times. That's one of the places I always take my out-of-town guests. The many hands-on exhibits related to science and technology are the main attraction to anyone young or old. When visiting San Jose don't miss this attraction. And while there, go see a movie at their IMAX theatre.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I took my grandson for a visit and we were both delighted. We were expecting a dry exhibition hall but were met with lots of hands-on activities. He was especially pleased to be able to extract the luminescence gene out of a jellyfish and implant it into a bacterium (who knew he had the makings of a mad scientist?). The... More

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a great place for the pre-teens and younger set. Lots of great hands on exhibits. Teenage son attends a STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) high school, so many of the displays were things he already knew, such as Google Earth display, 3D printing, chenistry. Husband found the music cubes very fun. The area with inexpensive inventions and... More

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

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 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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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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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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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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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