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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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+1 408-294-8324

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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This whole place felt like a modern art piece about everything wrong with technology. The exhibits were very dramatic and overdesigned and didn't have much substance. There were a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This whole place felt like a modern art piece about everything wrong with technology. The exhibits were very dramatic and overdesigned and didn't have much substance. There were a lot of giant touch screens where if you scanned your ticket and hit five or six buttons, it would show a few sentences of info that could've just been on a... More 

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Ventura, California
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place is San Jose's answer to SF's Exploratorium, and a great one it is! There is so much to engage the young mind here, in so many different areas of technology. The exhibits are very thoughtfully designed to allow an easy grasp of the principles behind the process, and there are a multitude of tech personnel available to describe... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Wonderful hands on exhibits. One of the best science museums I have visited and we live in Boston! Many of the local technology companies sponsor exhibits and we really enjoyed some of the virtual reality exhibits.

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Bhubaneswar, India
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i visited at 15.30 pm and came to know that the museum closes at 17.00 pm. so with in that short time i tried my best to see as much as possible. some displays are very cutting edge and futuristic like the whole body scanner display of a dead young african male.also the biodesign section was very good. some displays... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter had fun building a robot. My son enjoyed learning how to pick a lock. lol. He and my husband also enjoyed the brain wave monitor station.

Thank Kirsten B
Charleston, WV
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is not a museum aimed at elementary school kids though there are things for them. All over this places are interactive exhibits that are interesting and showed a number of things I'd not seen before. One exhibit used the skills from other exhibits to solve a puzzle. Leave yourself time to work on exhibits, not just a minute to... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Would have expected something more "WOW" this being Silicon Valley. It might be because I'm an engineer and not that easily impressed. The kids found it to be boring.

Thank sunnymarek
San Jose, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OK..so I'm not a techie but I thoroughly enjoy visits with the grandkids or younger family members.. Kids vote: 5 stars. My vote -3 stars.. Kids win!

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Palo Alto, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must visit for anyone traveling to the Bay Area. The showcase of innovation in the heart of innovation . Excellent exhibits and reasonable admission rates. Plus nice restaurants nearby.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

BY FAR one of the highlights of our San Jose trip. My 9 and 11 yr old kids had a blast. If you have membership to your local science museum and you reciprocate (ASTC passport program), this museum will be FREE. Make sure you retain your ticket stub because you need them to play the interactive games. Easily could have... More 

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