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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 busload – literally. This place thrives off the curiosity of young people and offers plenty of hands-on learning opportunities that serve to educate museum-goers about scientific concepts, such as space exploration, biotechnology, clean energy, genetics and the science of sound. Recent visitors raved about the fun yet educational exhibits for their children like the Social Robots gallery, an area that allows kids to design, build and program a real robot using sensors, controllers and actuators. The museum also has an on-site IMAX Theater that runs both educational and feature films. Those who ventured in without young children offered a word of caution for future visitors, saying the facility is better suited to elementary school kids and not necessarily an entertaining stop for adults or teens.
The museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $24 for adults and $19 for kids ages 3 to 17, and combined educational IMAX film and museum tickets are available ($29 for adults and $23 for kids). There are several parking decks near the museum, many of which charge a daily flat rate of $5. For more information, check out the Tech Museum's website.
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