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The Tech Museum of Innovation

Bring your kids to learn about modern advances and enjoy building your own robot and playing with the interactive displays in this museum’s themed galleries.

With its exhibits on modern innovation and art, The Tech Museum of Innovation is an emblem of San José’s avant-garde culture. It is in a flamboyant building with orange walls, a blue dome and modernist features. Across the three themed floors of the structure, explore the fascinating displays that showcase modern technology. On the lower floor is a 45-foot (14-meter) statue surrounded by a cylindrical feature.

Reflect on the way technical advances are interacting with our daily lives as you make your way across the galleries. Visit the Social Robots area to construct your own mechanical friend with sensors and controllers. See how our lives are transformed and prolonged by new advances in the Innovations in Health Care section. The fascinating Cyber Detectives area teaches your children about internet safety.

Children aged 8 and above can join workshop classes on innovative technologies, such as 3-D printing and soldering. Bring your kids to the Family Math & Engineering class.

Watch a movie on the huge screen of the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater. The schedule tends to include nonfiction films with stunning imagery that is enhanced by the high-quality screen.

Enjoy the region’s regular warm, sunny days with a stroll on the lawn of the Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park in front of the museum. The grounds contain a fountain and shady trees. Capture photos of the bulbous blue dome of the museum peeking above the trees.

The full name of the complex is The Tech Museum of Innovation, but locals call it The Tech. It opens daily from morning until late afternoon. There is a fee to enter the galleries, with discounts for students, seniors and kids. Consider a combination ticket that includes the IMAX theater.

The Tech Museum of Innovation is in the Downtown San José area in the central part of the city. Ride the light railway system to the Convention Center or Paseo de San Antonio stations or take a bus to a nearby stop. Near the museum are several landmarks, including Parkside Hall and the California Theatre.


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Lodging Near Tech Museum

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$135
The Fairmont San Jose

The Fairmont San Jose

170 S Market Street, San Jose
4.4
of 5, from 2,553 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This San Jose hotel, which has hosted four presidents, offers a prime location one block from the convention center; the Tech Museum of Innovation is across the street.

$123
Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown

Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown

282 Almaden Blvd, San Jose
4.1
of 5, from 1,310 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

The hotel is an 8-minute drive from Mineta San Jose International Airport, and opposite Convention Center Station. Sports fans can drive 5 minutes to see the San Jose Sharks play hockey at SAP Center, while culture lovers can enjoy live music and theater at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.

$134
Hilton San Jose

Hilton San Jose

300 Almaden Blvd, San Jose
4.0
of 5, from 717 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Connected by enclosed concourse to the McEnery Convention Center, the Hilton San Jose is in the center of the downtown business district, one block from the San Jose Museum of Art.

$139
San Jose Marriott

San Jose Marriott

301 South Market Street, San Jose
4.2
of 5, from 785 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Rising 26 stories out of the McEnery Convention Center, this towering hotel in San Jose's business district opened in 2003, and is set within a block of the Tech Museum and a mile of HP Pavilion.

$89
Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown

Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown

211 S First Street, San Jose
4.2
of 5, from 1,258 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Adjacent to San Jose's business and entertainment districts, this downtown boutique hotel is within two blocks of museums, McEnery Convention Center, and the California Theater, where the opera and symphony perform.

$129
The Westin San Jose

The Westin San Jose

302 South Market Street, San Jose
4.3
of 5, from 367 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Three miles from the San Jose airport, this Silicon Valley hotel is across from McEnery Convention Center, Cesar Chavez Park, the Tech Museum of Innovation, and the San Jose Museum of Art.

$119
Hotel De Anza

Hotel De Anza

233 W Santa Clara St, San Jose
4.2
of 5, from 875 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the downtown business district, this landmark San Jose hotel is 3 blocks from the SAP Center and 5 blocks from the convention center.

$118
AC Hotel by Marriott San Jose Downtown

AC Hotel by Marriott San Jose Downtown

350 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose
4.2
of 5, from 90 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown San Jose, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Pedro Square, SAP Center at San Jose, and San Jose Museum of Art. Tech Museum and San Jose Convention Center are also within 15 minutes.