The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose

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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. Use our San Jose road trip app to visit The Tech Museum of Innovation on your trip to San Jose, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • It has very interesting things, it is worth going, is free and is a good plan for an evening after work...
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  • The Tech continues to do a good job of showing some of the inner workings of Silicon Valley. Interesting interactive exhibits on computer security & other topical subjects. But it's for ages 14+, I'd ...  more »
  • Tech Museum is a cool place to take the kids, lots of hands on science experiments and displays. After all it's in the hart of Silicon Valley. It has the best I-Max I've ever seen, it is a dome like s...  more »
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  • The exhibits and interactive activities are unique and really nicely done. Very impressed by what they've put together, you can tell this museum has a lot of local talent to pull from in the silicon valley. Admission was reasonable and staff were friendly. I think anyone from elementary-aged kids through curious adults will find plenty to do here.
  • Really great fun. So many activities that I'm certain people of any age would enjoy it here. My personal favourite was the virtual reality section. Can't give 5 stars because the sheer number of children meant we could only try 25% of what was on offer. I feel like they could restrict the number of school groups allowed.
  • The Tech was fun! My boys are 11 and 6 and they had a great time. Last time we did the IMax and really enjoyed it too. Only reason I go with 4 stars is many stations did not work nor were they closed; they just waste time by making you try and figure it out.
  • Great place for the whole family, definitely something every kid should have a chance to go see. Everything is interactive, from hacker simulations to becoming an engineer to launch a ball over model of a river. The weekend is the best time to go around noon. Weekdays have field trip foot traffic and will make it hard to get to some of the exhibits.
  • By far my most memorable and favorite museum. We spent about half a day here and still did not explore the full extent of this museum. The info and activities present in this museum was extremely captivating and engaging.

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