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The Tech Museum of Innovation
Ranked #4 of 132 things to do in San Jose
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Owner description: 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

This is in the heart of downtown San Jose, and on some parts really technologically good (like buying tickets online) and the really meaty part of the exhibits not so technologically good because they are all over 10 years old. I know technology is really fast at changing, but nothing has been updated in quite a while.

Visited August 2014
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“Fantastic interactive science center”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

This is an amazing science center with three floors of exhibits, movies and interactive activities. We want to especially recognize Vinod at the biotech jellyfish bacteria exhibit. He went out of his way to teach our kids and make their experience extra special.

Visited August 2014
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“Fun for all ages”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

I had a free day during a business/pleasure trip to San Jose on July 20th, 2014. My hotel was across the street from the Tech Museum so I decided to wander in there solo. I bought the museum/imax combo ticket for 25 dollars which allowed entry into the museum galleries as well as to an IMAX movie of my choice. I chose the Journey to the South Pacific Movie. I wandered through all the galleries as a solo traveler. My first impression was that it reminded me a great deal of Portland's OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry). There is a lot to do for adults and children. In the Tech exploration gallery you can experience an Earthquake simulator, jet pack space chair and view from space. In the biotech gallery you are able to even talk to a genetic scientist. You can even build your own social robot, and lots of kids were really enjoying that experience. There's also tons of hands on labs for various tech things, children's play stations, design your own roller coaster and experience it in a simulation, interactive music displays, and even a 3D printer. I stayed a few hours wandering through all the exhibits and I could have stayed longer, especially if my children had been visiting. The IMAX movie theater was really great. Very big! I sat near the top and the movie Journey to the South Pacific was engaging, and interesting with a great story about the people there, not just underwater shots of fish and sea life. Overall I'd say this is an impressive, interactive museum for young and old alike, and it's worth an afternoon of exploration and imagination while trying out so many various fun activities. However, it's only as engaging as you make it.

Visited July 2014
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“Good for active kids”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

This museum is very interactive, if you're willing to read and try all the activities. It is not very big and only takes about 2-3 hours to see and do it all. If you watch an IMAX it will take longer. Perfect for kids at elementary age.

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“Great, interactive museum for all ages”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

Loved it. All three of my grandsons (4, 10 and 11) were entertained all day. I thought we'd be at the museum for 90 minutes or so and was surprised that we spent the entire day there. One volunteer (I wish I got his name) organized a bunch of kids into a game at the Social Circles exhibit. The kids loved the game and gradually the point of the exhibit dawned on them. It was great to see the expressions on their faces when they "got it."

Visited August 2014
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