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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 #7 of 77 attractions in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Hanford, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

This museum was perfect to fill half a day with our kids (10&7). The museum itself is very well-kept, beautiful and clean. The exhibits (that worked) were fun and interesting. The highlight for the kids was making a robot in one of the new exhibits. I thought it "ok" but the kids raved about it and referred to it as... More

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California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Go for this even of you have choose between this and the Great America park. The IMAX dome is an attraction all by itself. There is always something new to check out.

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San Jose, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

There is SO much to do. It is great for all ages! We are fortunate to live nearby and have gone many times over the years, never disappointed.

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Stockton
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Always visit when I can---with grandkids or by myself. Lots of educational, interesting items to try and buy? Found lots of good Christmas presents!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

A great place to check out the 21st century...and maybe the 22nd. Lots of hands-on exhibits, and occassional special shows such as The 3 Pound Gem, and the current Star Wars exhibit. Great gift shop and Imax theatre.

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San Francisco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We were in town for a Sharks hockey game but we came early and decided to see a film at the Imax theater within the Tech museum. I've never seen an Imax theater with the screen not only in front of you but over the top as well. The film took us under the sea so it really seemed that... More

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San Jose, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We went on a Saturday which happened to be a free day! Went with 5 adults and 3 kids (pre-teen and younger). Many interactive exhibits, things to do and see, and learn about. A number of the exhibits were not working, but there was still a lot to do. More volunteers are needed to make sure the exhibits are not... More

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A great place to enjoy an afternoon with family, kids and adults can all visit and it's suitable for all ages, lots of displays and also its the silicon valley tech museum and it's really great. There is also an IMAX movie theater which hosts awesome films. I highly recommend it.

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San Jose, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

It has been a lot of years since we first visited the Tech Museum. It used to be a history of tech, now it's a hands on science like museum for kids to run around. So if you have kids I supposed this is a great, hands on experience, but we don't and it was a complete let down. We... More

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San Jose, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed the exhibit but must have went at a peak time (early aftwrnoon) because it was so crowded it was difficult to walk around and actually see the pieces, let alone read about them.

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