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The Tech Museum of Innovation

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Address: 201 S. Market St, San Jose, CA 95113
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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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Lots of Fun Science to Explore

Had a great time, with lots of really interesting things to explore. Some of the displays were really mind blowing. A few had some functional issues. Also lots of interactive... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a great time, with lots of really interesting things to explore. Some of the displays were really mind blowing. A few had some functional issues. Also lots of interactive activities in work areas. Funnest thing were the rooms in the security area where you were closed in a room and used various tools and clues to solve a mystery.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Hesitant to visit due to the very mixed reviews and relatively high entry cost. On arrival at opening huge swarms of kids on school excursions from 5 to 13 year olds. Made it not so great as most activities are individual or small group based. With crowds this means general public isn't participating. However the kids seemed to all break... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited the Tech Museum of Innovation on our short gateway to San Jose with our two young boys, on a rainy Sunday in October. It turned out to be a great choice, and would have been on any day. There don't seem to be many exhibit areas at The Tech. But what's there is often fascinating and a great... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been here on several occasions and for several events. It's always fun to see new perspectives in learning. My kids enjoy the hands on exhibits which often give them a better perspective than their text books in school. The theater is a great place to see but caution if your susceptible to dizzy spells. It's really busy on... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were excited to spend the greater part of a day here and play around with the exhibits. The store and ticketing were well staffed with friendly people and parking at the convention center is validated so you only pay $5. I managed to squeeze in coffee before we headed upstairs too. My girls enjoyed the IMAX film Extreme Weather,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My kids loved going when they were younger 7-14. Now they are older and are to busy. The tech has something for every age.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An interesting place to learn about the history of technology in a clean and well lit building. Good for kids.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Flashy, interactive and colorful - the Tech Museum of Innovation is the perfect destination if you have school age kids. But if you're an adult without any kiddie companions, you might find it loud, shallow and boring. The exhibits are mostly interactive and about scientific concepts. Most of them are activated using the barcode in the ticket while others are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Exhibits and hands-on activities here engaged kids and adults alike in our group for most of a day. Particularly interesting was the "build your own robot" and cybercrime activities. The exhibits on recent developments in health care were cutting edge and very engaging. I wished we lived in the area and could visit frequently.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent displays and activities. Especially for the young and young at heart. This is an amazing learning place. A nice variety of things to experience. Helpful staff. Lots of school field trips. BUSY PLACE.

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