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Since opening in 1990, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose has become one of largest and most respected museums of its kind in the nation. With interactive exhibits and programs encompassing science, humanities, performing arts, and health and...more
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180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110-2780
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We love this museum. It was terrific for our kids and now we take our grandchildren there regularly. Very engaging exhibits and programs. Wonderful staff and an exceptionally healthy cafe.

Thank Dick K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Many hands-on science, art, learning exhibits, including a large water feature with tables and water flow actives.

Thank Nathan R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is definitely a child’s place! My grandkids always have a blast whenever they come here. That’s the first place they want to go to when they come to San Jose. Thank you for keeping it child centered. S Lane

Thank Sheilah L
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Children's Discovery Museum is a great place to visit with kids probably under the age of 9 or 10. They have lots of hands on activities and exhibits for the little ones to explore. My daughter loved playing in the pretend cafe and serving...More

Thank rmcopley16
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've been going to Children's museum around bay area, for my almost 2 yr old daughter. She loves every place, but I like San Jose's Children's museum, compared to Santa Rosa and the one close to Golden gate bridge. It's bigger, and have more stuff...More

Thank Carl S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So was needing to kill some time in downtown San Jose with the three year old and knew of this museum. This place was awesome for him. Lots of tactile things all at his height. Spent most of the time in the water area. Might...More

Thank Justin C
Reviewed July 10, 2018

Many things for kids to explore. We have annual passes and frequent visitors to this place. When it is hot outside and/or you are in lazy mood but your kids are full active - this is the right place. Just pack your lunch and follow...More

Thank Ven Y
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

Great place to spend the day and tire the kids out. There are spaces for 4 and under which is nice. Water play areas, a garden, arts and crafts, and a huge outdoor playspace.

Thank Jennifer L
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

We have gone 3 times in the last 13 years . This will be the last year for my kids as it isnt as fun for kids over 12... and depending if they are an older 11 year old. The museum is geared toward the...More

Thank m r
Reviewed June 29, 2018

We just did not allow enough time to really explore this museum. What we did see, was fun for our 5 year old grand daughter. She enjoyed making a craft in the Art Loft, the Secret of Circles, the bubbles, climbing in the fire truck...More

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October 4, 2016|
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Response from banares | Reviewed this property |
Both previous posts are correct - $13 , seniors are $1 less
April 10, 2016|
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Response from Reno D | Reviewed this property |
I checked with our friend that is on staff at the Discovery Museum, she said many special needs children visit every week and they alway try to accommodate any reasonable request for these kids. Do contact the museum... More