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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 and fascinating look at various technology fields

Went here to pass some time since I was in the area. This place is full of cool and interesting technology fields from, one presumes, places around the area (Silicon Valley after... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The week before we visited with kids and their parents, a friend who was on her own visited this museum. She was blown away at how interactive it was and hopes to return with her techie husband.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went here to pass some time since I was in the area. This place is full of cool and interesting technology fields from, one presumes, places around the area (Silicon Valley after all!). There are a lot of hands on things to do as well as a full IMAX theatre. It explores areas such as bio-tech, network infrastructure, 3D printing,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This museum is entertaining for kids, and mildly entertaining for curious adults. I learned things from playing with some of the exhibits but I definitely think children would like this museum more than we did. There are lots of children eager to play with some of the exhibits, so we didn't try everything, and we were fortunate to go on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My 10 and 7 year old thoroughly enjoyed the tech museum and iMax show. The basement hosts earth quake simulator, jet pack space simulation, DIY robot and gliders, solar reflectors which top attractions. The second floor has robot drawing your picture. This and the bio lab close by 4 though. In the gaming section, kids could design their roller coaster... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Modern and very fancy equipment. Just a few examples: build your own virtual roller coaster, test password cracker algorithms on your passwords, some sensor that measures your emotions. Really high tech stuff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We used to go to Discover museum but the children grew out of it. So we decided to try the tech museum. Their exhibits are wonderful. Sometime my boys just enjoy one exhibit and remain in one place for a long time. I used to think we should cover as much area as possible but I come think why not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Plenty to keep you busy. We visited with a 12 and 14 year old and the only reason we left when we did, is because everyone was hungry. Its a great outing for the day while in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best places you can take a school age child. There is a world of hands on learning experiences available that are also a lot of fun. You can feel what it's like to pilot a jet pack in space or experience what an earthquake feels like. Design a roller coaster and sit in the seat... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this place today, it was beautiful.. Lots of tech stuffs and interesting stuffs to learn.. The max shows are awesome.. I did 2 today.. This place is for both kids and adults to have fun.. I would suggest people to plan well in advance on the max shows before going, as they can plan out on every activity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even though there was at least one school group here during our visit, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The hacking/computer exhibit was very interesting, but the favorite seemed to be the biomechanics study project that records your emotions/movement and compares it to others'! I would recommend this museum to those with kids, especially who like science and reading. The exhibits are... More 

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