Tech Museum of Innovation

The Tech Museum of Innovation is great for the entire family. It is meant to give the visitor a taste of computing technology being brought to life within the walls of the various Silicon Valley companies. It is also meant to inspire future generations to meet and exceed today’s technology. This museum used to be housed in a garage before relocating to it’s current 132,000 square foot home due to its popularity. The interactive nature of the museum makes this attraction one of the top places to visit while you’re in San Jose. While you are there, make sure you pop into the IMAX theater to watch their current offering. The view-screen is eight stories high for a truly unique experience, and one of your best activities in San Jose, California.

The Tech Interactive is a family-friendly science and technology center in the heart of downtown San Jose. Our hands-on activities, experimental labs and design challenge experiences empower people to innovate with creativity, curiosity and compassion. The Tech is a world leader in the creation of immersive STEAM education resources to develop the next generation of problem-solvers locally, nationally and globally. We believe that everyone is born an innovator who can change the world for the better. In 2015 The Tech was awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honor a United States museum, science center or cultural institution can achieve. We are driven by our mission: to inspire the innovator in everyone. The first Silicon Valley startup was founded in 1939 when two Stanford University graduates, William Hewlett and David Packard, teamed up to create Hewlett-Packard. Since then many other innovators have followed in their path, and Silicon Valley has become where the world looks for the latest in technology.

The idea to build a center for hands-on science and technology learning in the Silicon Valley was formed in 1978 by the Junior League of Palo Alto, which was joined in the effort by the Junior League of San Jose. Twelve years later, The Garage opened on San Carlos Street in the former home of downtown San Jose’s convention center. It quickly became a valuable educational resource for children and young adults. Eight years later, The Tech moved into a dazzling 132,000-square-foot facility designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. The building’s distinctive mango and azure color scheme and domed theater are San Jose landmarks. Since opening in 1998, The Tech Interactive has welcomed more than 10 million visitors. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech for Global Good, which honors people doing work to benefit humanity, The Tech celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative technology for a more promising future.

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