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The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose

(3.9/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
Learn about the world’s newest technology innovations, build and program a robot, and watch films on an eight-story IMAX screen at The Tech Museum of Innovation. Try out hands-on exhibits to learn what's going on today in science and technology. At the tech exploration gallery, watch simulations of ocean exploration and earthquakes, and design, build, and program your own social robot. The IMAX theater plays both mainstream and educational movies, and features advanced digital audio. Wrap up your visit in the museum's store, which sells for science-themed books and toys. Take a look at our San Jose vacation planner to schedule your visit to The Tech Museum of Innovation and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • I didn't realise the museum was aimed at children, but there were still a few exhibits that were interesting and informative for adults. Worth going with kids for sure!  more »
  • Good for school kids to experience, stimulate thought processes, and some hands on activities. Very educational  more »
  • This museum provides an incredible experience for young and old. Kids and adults alike are fascinated by the multiple exhibits and hands-on experiments it offers. There is great supervision and assist...  more »
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  • Great place to take the family. The SJ tech has adult nights as well, so it's a fun and interactive place for the entire group. Lots of interactive and tactile experiments to really give you an understanding of how various tech works. Learn to lock pick, build a simple robot or how basic programming works. Really fun place.
  • “Interactive Technology” One of the best elements of the Museum of Innovation is that you can interact with many of the displays. This makes for both stimulation of the senses as well as the mind. I think I spent at least a full hour playing with the interactive drawing pads as well as almost an hour talking with the staff while perusing the gift shop. Considering the location it is not surprising that this museum has so much immersive experience, what is surprising is the good value of the tickets. Visited October 2014
  • Wonderful museum for all ages. Going through some exhibition change at the moment but still offers quite a lot of fun for everyone.
  • I used to go to the museum back when I had a membership (1998-99), and I loved it. When I found out I could volunteer, I signed up, and it's been such a great experience! I would recommend it to all my friends! The best part is that they're going to be upgrading the imax to Laser (AMC Metreon has it currently), and, they'll be adding over 50000 square feet of space once the Parkside Hall gets demolished! If you ever need community service hours, work a summer here! Best job ever!
  • Eh... For adults, bring a book or something to occupy yourself as the kids (hopefully) enjoy the experience. I would not go back, and possibly wouldn't even bring visiting younger ones there, again. Schools apparently see some value in the place per the masses of school kids there on a field trip. I just couldn't appreciate it. My company enjoyed the Computer History Museum much more - both adults and the kid.