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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 was obviously more a Kid museum but we found lots to do for adults and enjoyed learning. $20 per adult without adding on IMAX or other attractions.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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San Jose, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

first, if you live in the Bay area, consider a 1 year membership. Two visits to the Tech cost the same and it supports the museum. My favorite was the Body Metrics exhibit. You need to get this right after entering the museum. You wear a wireless NeuroSky EEG headset and a customized iPod and move around the museum galleries... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Nice place to visit. Many of exhibits were for little kids only to get a hands on effect. Thought admission fees were a little high for what you get.

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Austin, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This was obviously more a Kid museum but we found lots to do for adults and enjoyed learning. $20 per adult without adding on IMAX or other attractions.

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Central Coast
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This place is really great for my 3rd grader. Lots of activities and things that help get his mind thinking. There aren't as many things for my toddlers but they enjoyed the giant foam blocks on the bottom floor. We decided to get a family membership a good perk is 1/2 off the Imax movies. The annual membership comes with... More 

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Aptos, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We were introduced to this awesome place through my sons field trip in school. Soon we joined ourselves and love to enjoy the different weekend themes they had or their great Imax movies offered. The amount of interacting things to do fill a whole day and fulfill the techie in all of us. The cafeteria has great food selections and... More 

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San Jose, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This used to be the Grand Dame of San Jose, a shining example of Silicon Valley. Most of all an incubator of future scientists and inventors. Now, the exhibit is aged and tired, it no longer sparks the flame of discovery. It is just too bad.

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San Francisco, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Tech museum needs upgrade and follow & learn the footsteps of San Francisco's Excellent Exploraturiom.

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San Jose, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 via mobile

I've been to this place a few times over the years, and it never ceases to amaze me as to how underwhelming it is. We're in the heart of the Silicon Valley, but the displays feel so last decade. I recognize that we wouldn't be seeing the latest and greatest here since I'm sure it's all expensive and all, but... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The museum had good interactive exhibits that children enjoy but overall I am not certain how educational the museum is as a whole.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Amazing place. Would visit again. When we first entered the museum we were apprehensive. It seemed like we chose the wrong place to visit. There was noone in our group between 8 years and 18 years of age, which is perhaps the right target age group for such a museum. But at the end of 4 hours we came away... More 

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