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The Tech Museum of Innovation

Address: 201 S. Market St, San Jose, CA 95113
Phone Number: +1 408-294-8324
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Ranked #9 of 140 things to do in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science museums, Museums
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: The Tech Museum of Innovation is a Silicon Valley landmark for...
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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 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

My teen daughter and I enjoy science, but I didn't know what to expect. We were surprised to find it interesting enough to stay almost 4 hours there (with a break in the middle to eat at the cafe). As some other reviews said, a fair amount of the computer science displays are a little dated, but my daughter didn't... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Tons of interactive and hands on stuff. Great for families. Fun for adults too! It was easy to pass an afternoon here. The only thing that I didn't like was that the exhibits did not have staff members to regulate. People were hogging things and that made it very difficult to experience some of the activities.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Our two kids (Son aged 12 and Daughter aged 10 years) went here during the February School break and had a superb time. There was loads of fantastic interactive exhibits and things to educate and challenge one's mind... Covering all areas of technology and innovation from computing, genetics and robotics to all types of engineering and construction to name a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We have been to the Tech a few times. It was great the first time but sunsequent visits have been lackluster. Some of the exhibits were not functioning (and not for the first time) which is really frustrating for the kids. The planetarium shows are great. It also has a fun gift shop. We have enjoyed special exhibits like the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

My daughter visited the museum twice - she loved it so much. This was a great introduction for her on earthquakes - she loved the earthquake simulator. She also learned so much more about genes, water conservation, and tons more. She was thrilled with all of the facts she learned from having fun.

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Augusta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

For years, family and friends have told us that we must visit The Tech Museum. Having no kids, we generally avoid museums and attractions geared for children. We finally ran out of excuses not to go and are very happy that we visited the Tech Museum on a cloudy Tuesday afternoon. We enjoyed the interactive exhibits, especially those related to... More 

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San Jose, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Tech is a great place for the whole family. The exhibits are interactive and educational. New exhibits are installed frequently.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Take your kids, even the older ones will get a kick out of this place. Very hands on, kids can run around inside, and there's a decent café to feed everyone. Parking is across the road, but not free. If you go in the summer and it's hot, the paseo park opposite sometimes has a fountain that the kids can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

My kids really liked this place. It has lots of different displays and hands on experience. The IMAX was wonderful to watch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Tech Museum offers constant change to its visitors. The "design your own roller coaster" provides interactive design/simulate/ride experience. IMAX theater offers both entertainment and well as educational films. Good food at reasonable prices in the Café, or visit many local restaurants for a break in the day. There are lockers for storage of coats and such - although most... More 

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