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Tech Museum of Innovation

201 South Market Street | San Jose, CA 95113 | Official website
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  • Type: Museums
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.0 (3.8)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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The Tech Museum of Innovation is right at home in San Jose, the capital of Silicon Valley. This blue-domed facility in downtown brings in school children by the bus load -- literally. This place thrives off the curiosity of young people and offers plenty of hands-on learning opportunities. Recent visitors rave about the fun yet educational exhibits for their children, like the Tech Challenge Gallery, an area dedicated to playing with instruments that involve scientific principles. But older kids and adults may not find the galleries as entertaining and informational as they would like. One recent traveler explains on Yelp.com, "I was expecting to learn more about tech industries, especially since it is in the heart of Silicon Valley, but it was mostly a kid's museum." The museum also has an on-site IMAX Theater that runs both educational and feature films.

The facility is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and till 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and the IMAX Theater continues to operate after the museum closes. Admission is $12 for adults and $9 for kids, and combined educational IMAX film and museum tickets are available ($16 for adults and $13 for kids). You should note that the museum is free on the second Sunday of the month. For more information, check out the Tech Museum's website.

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