The Tech Museum of Innovation

The Tech Museum of Innovation

201 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113, United States
Open until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
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The Tech Museum of Innovation explores how technology affects the way we live, work, and play. Fun hands-on learning experiences and 8-story IMAX® films.


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    After years of planning, the museum opened in 1990 in the old San Jose convention center. In 1998 it opened in a larger 3 floor venue where it holds four major theme galleries and an IMAX theatre.

    HISTORY · July 14, 2010
  • NASA

    Visit the To Infinity and Beyond Exhibit to scan radio frequencies from outer space. You can even listen to the audio recording and view the images that were sent out on the Voyager 1 spacecraft too. Read more

    NASA · December 7, 2010
  • RadioShack

    Check out the Jet Pack simulator, then go the RadioShack at 779 Story Road and get some So Right stuff to try to build your own.

    RadioShack · November 8, 2011
  • Andrea S.

    The Star Wars exhibit is great. You can see the original costumes, models, behind the scenes videos and learn about the physics of Star Wars.

    Andrea S · October 30, 2013
  • LIEN N.

    The BODY WORLDS EXHIBIT comes to the Tech Museum every 3-5 years. It's amazing and probably the only reason for me to visit this venue!

    LIEN N · December 13, 2010
  • Princess Susannah G.

    1st Wed of the month After Hour nights for adults only featuring bands, games & run of the whole museum. IMAX & special exhibits anytime give you & your family a great Silicon Valley experience.

    Princess Susannah Greenwood · January 24, 2012
  • Suzanne Y.

    Visit the earthquake simulator and play around with the virtual interactive stuff. Don't be ashamed if you're an adult doing kids' science stuff. It's fun!

    Suzanne Yada · December 29, 2009
  • Wired

    Focused on inspiring the innovator in everyone it reaches, with truly hands-on and interactive exhibits, divided among themed galleries.

    Wired · August 23, 2012
  • Michael S.

    Got kids? Gotta' go to The Tech. Just a big kid at heart? Gotta' get to The Tech.

    Michael Silverton · July 13, 2009
  • Jared O.

    On the second floor there's a robot that draws your picture. Take your picture at the computer console, then the robot picks up real pens and draws your picture in paper that you can keep.

    Jared Oberhaus · October 29, 2011
  • Michael C.

    Avoid parking at Cityview Parking across Park Ave. The Tech doesn't validate and max price is $25.

    Michael Charboneau · December 29, 2009
  • Island Bruin

    A lot of money for the chance to watch carloads of school kids frantically push buttons

    Island Bruin · July 21, 2013
  • Will R.

    Highly recommended for children of all ages!

    Will Robertson · April 14, 2013
  • Andrea S.

    The Mythbusters exhibit is great.

    Andrea S · December 30, 2012
  • Somer S.

    The infinite creativity exhibit is awesome! Takes finger painting to a new level.

    Somer Simpson · December 25, 2010
  • Erik G.

    Definitely for the family.

    Erik Garrido · September 17, 2014
  • Natalie S.

    If you're going to eat at the cafe, the egg salad sandwich us pretty good

    Natalie S. · March 10, 2014
  • Keri C.

    Honestly I was excited to go but not blown away from this place. Outdated exhibits and not as fun as I thought it would be

    Keri Casler · January 6, 2014
  • Mike W.

    Active duty and veterans with VA cards get in free!!!

    Mike W. · October 1, 2013
  • Alexander C.

    A very enjoyeable day! The exhibitions are interactive and fun, not just for kids!

    Alexander Cooke · August 21, 2013
  • Viroo M.

    The 3D printers and social robots artifacts are downstairs in the new 'Tech Studio'

    Viroo Mirji · May 11, 2013
  • Brian D.

    We got in for free because our Museum of life and science membership reciprocated

    Brian Duncan · March 29, 2013
  • Sarah J.

    Fun venue for parties. We had one of our high school proms here

    Sarah Judd Welch · August 18, 2012
  • Ashok N.

    The IMAX dome screen is awesome...this is the first time I haven't slept through a documentary!

    Ashok Nair · July 21, 2012
  • Museum Planning

    Museum Planning, LLC was the project manager of the Silicon Valley Innovation Gallery Read more

    Museum Planning · April 13, 2012
  • Geli C.

    I like the free feature with admission. Also, the Islam exhibit is both tasteful & educational.

    Geli C · February 15, 2012
  • Steve L.

    The Islamic Science Exhibit is really interesting

    Steve Lipman · November 24, 2011
  • Carole R.

    1st wednesday of every month is "After Hours" from 6-11pm...they sell alcohol and food and have a band playing on the roof. check it out!

    Carole Reyes · September 12, 2011
  • Matt B.

    Check out the bodys exhibit

    Matt B · March 7, 2011
  • Robert R.

    ...check out Body Worlds Vital Exhibition by Physician & Anatomist Gunther von Hagens! Read more

    Robert Rowe · January 19, 2011
  • Denise

    Check out the smoker's LEG in the Body Worlds Vital exhibit.

    Denise · December 23, 2010
  • Danielle B.

    Wish they had more stuff to look at the Ghegis Khan exhibit.

    Danielle Bautista · July 6, 2010
  • Benjamin W.

    Only for kids

    Benjamin Wong · May 10, 2010
  • Agata O.

    The costumes are awesome!

    Agata Opalach · January 18, 2010
  • Paulene P.

    Try to create your own robot downstairs... ;-)

    Paulene P · 3 weeks ago
  • Adam H.

    So much fun and interesting! Adult playground :) for nerds

    Adam Herrmann · 3 weeks ago
  • Silvio O.

    Reserve at least 3 hours to really enjoy the place!!! 😊

    Silvio Oliveira Jr. · February 26
  • Stephen C.

    Check out the earthquake simulator downstairs!

    Stephen Chisa · January 11
  • Deepak A.

    Imax Dome theater is a great attraction!!

    Deepak Anand · December 20, 2014
  • Melissa W.

    Bank of America cardholders get in for free on the first full weekend of every month!

    Melissa Wibowo · October 10, 2014
  • Ron D.

    Make sure you use the right parking lot if you want validated.

    Ron Deavers · September 8, 2014
  • Janet F.

    What's not to love about hands on geekyness?

    Janet Fouts · August 23, 2014
  • Cheryl H.

    This is such a fun place. They close at 5pm. Go earlier cause you will wish to play all the fun stuff in there.

    Cheryl Huang · July 14, 2014
  • Staff Picks

    Check out Nathan Myhrvold's food photos at the Tech Museum of Innovation. His experiments in Modernist Cuisine are on exhibit now, and admission is free! Read more

    Staff Picks · June 27, 2014
  • Rolling Stone R.

    Head straight upstairs and bring lots of hand sanitizer!

    Rolling Stone Rolling · February 26, 2014
  • Jenni R.

    Once a month they do a special After Hours event. Adults only, drinks, food, music, and exhibits with no kids under foot and fellow tech/science fans all around. Definitely worth checking out.

    Jenni Russell · February 7, 2014
  • Julien G.

    Best place for kids.

    Julien G. · October 10, 2013
  • ZERO1 Garage HQ

    Zigelbaum + Coelho; Resolution by ZERO1 September 12, 2012

    ZERO1 Garage HQ · August 27, 2012
  • Medved01 К.

    Больше интересен будет детям, чем взрослым. В музее установлены различные стенды и аттракционы объясняющий физические явления. Есть кино зал IMAX, в котором показывают облучающие фильм. Билет от 15 $

  • Генеральное консульство США в Екатеринбурге

    В самом сердце Сан-Хосе и Кремниевой долины расположен Технический музей инноваций, открывающий посетителями мир технологий и широких творческих возможностей. Пробудите в себе дух новаторства!


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