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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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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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Fun day, learned a lot, engaging

Great diversity of topics to learn about. From earthquakes to space to silicon chips. iMax was also very good. Engaging for all ages.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
San Mateo, California
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San Jose, California
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a museum about all the innovations from the Bay Area/ Silicon Valley. And for a technical museum it's not boring at all. You can come here with little kids, teenagers, or just adults, everyone will learn something new. The little ones like the earthquake exhibit the best. There is also a 3D movie theatre where they show interesting documentaries.... More 

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San Mateo, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great diversity of topics to learn about. From earthquakes to space to silicon chips. iMax was also very good. Engaging for all ages.

Thank Christopher_West
Lindsay, California
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This interactive museum was a highlight on our trip. Great hands on learning fun for kids! Interesting for adults too. Take your time checking everything out or you might miss something.

Thank Nane27
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56 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was excited to go to this museum especially since we are in the midst of one of the best areas of technological advancement (silicon valley). Unfortunately, this was a huge disappointment. There is no reason to go to this museum unless you have small children. I would say no child over the age of 8 would enjoy this museum... More 

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George Town, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It is an interesting place to go to. I went there alone as I've got my final weekend here on my trip and i think it's totally worth it. Upon entering the lower ground of the gallery, I signed up to get the gear for monitoring my emotions. It's a neat gear set where there are sensors to wear on... More 

Thank Daeren
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

We went with the children and we have a lot of to learn, place and think!! Easy access for wheel chairs and special needs. I think the store has excellent options on games and toys for children, take a look before leaving the place.

Thank Mar F
Berlin, Germany
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Great interactive museum. Finally played Pac man and pinball again. Learned a lot about science, media, physics. The earthquake simulation is pretty scary but very interesting.

Thank 605xxxxx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Things to do for all ages... Parents aren't bored with this interactive museum Kids brains spin with imagination Can spend a whole day there and o still feel I missed something

Thank 1959maui
San Jose, California
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12 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

We finally visited here with some out of town guests. If I was 10-15 years old I would have loved it but other than that it doesn't have much to offer. It is more like a tech children museum.

Thank Keivan M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

I enjoyed my visit to The Tech Museum. I enjoyed the Body Metrics, earthquake simulator, the robot drawing my portrait and the IMAX Theater. The staff were helpful. I'm surprised they didn't accept Apple Pay.

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