Children’s Discovery Museum
The Children’s Discovery Museum is one of the top ten children’s museums in the United States. Since it’s doors opened in 1990, it has provided interactive educational entertainment to over 6 million visitors. It is one of the most popular places to go in San Jose, California. The museum’s unique BioSITE program provides action-science education focused on environmental responsibility. The museum’s Discovery Youth program provides fifth through twelfth graders a sampling of technology from the neighboring Silicon Valley. The museum was primarily funded by the generous donations of Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer. Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose (CDM) is a cultural institution serving children, families, and schools in the Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay Area. A member of the Association of Children’s Museums and the Association of Science-Technology Centers, Children’s Discovery Museum is located in downtown San Jose, California on Woz Way. The street is named after Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer whose nickname is “Woz.” Wozniak was the single largest private donor during the original capital campaign that funded the museum.
The museum opened its doors in 1990, and over 9 million visitors have visited. The museum builds and displays interactive exhibits that responds to early childhood education. The 52,000-square-foot (4,800 m2) purple building was designed by Mexico City-based architect Ricardo Legorreta, and houses 28,000-square-foot (2,600 m2) of gallery space as well as a half-acre outdoor nature play space opened in 2017. The museum’s exhibits, programs and initiatives have received local, regional and national attention. Among its exhibits are a two life size Columbian mammoth replicas, authentic explorable vehicles including a fire engine and a Wells Fargo wagon, and five visual and performing arts spaces. The museum is known for its Cultural Celebrations series highlighting the culture and traditions of the diverse population groups represented in this majority minority region. Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose has been ranked by Child Magazine as one of the top 10 children’s museums in the United States and ranked by the London Observer as one of the top 5 science centers in the world.
Technology also plays a part at this attraction for kids up to the age of ten. Children’s Discovery Museum was inaugurated in 1990 and part funded by the Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak for whom the street, Wozniak Way is named. Exhibits and programs here all help children understand the world through experience, interaction and inquiry. They’ll get to dig for mammoth fossils, make gigantic bubbles, solve engineering problems with circles, role-play a healthy lifestyle at the Rainbow Market and investigate the textures, sights, sounds of an urban environment at the “Streets” exhibit. Bill’s Backyard is a new outdoor playground, letting kids climb, build and dig as they learn about the natural world and where food comes from.Learn more about Kelley Park