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San Jose Museum of Art

San Jose’s premier art institution celebrates West Coast creativity and explores the new frontiers of technology and art.

Friendly and not the least bit pretentious, the San Jose Museum of Art is a place to soak up art in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Featuring a permanent collection of approximately 2,000 pieces, the museum specializes in 20th- and 21st-century works from the West Coast and North Pacific and is gaining a solid reputation as a supporter of electronic and interactive art.

Explore the permanent collection, which consists primarily of modern and postmodern pieces, drawing extensively from Bay Area and North Pacific artists. You’ll find paintings, drawings and works in other traditional media, as well as cutting-edge installations and new media pieces that reflect San Jose’s role in the technology industry.

While the permanent collection is diverse and engaging, it’s quite small and is best viewed alongside one of the museum’s special exhibitions. The museum runs extensive educational and outreach programs for children and adults, so if time allows, take in a lecture, workshop or concert.

Tours of the museum leave the lobby twice a day, but private or group tours can be booked in advance. The museum is also a great place to sit back and relax. Find one of the many reading areas inside the museum or head over to the on-site café in the historic wing.

The San Jose Museum of Art is located downtown in the historic post office building and its adjoining annex. Nearby parking can be expensive; however, the museum is close to a light rail station. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, except major holidays.


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170 S Market Street, San Jose, CA
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown San Jose, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Jose Convention Center and San Jose State University. SAP Center at San Jose and Santa Clara University are also within 6 mi (10 km). San Antonio Station and Convention Center Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown San Jose, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose Convention Center and The Tech Interactive. San Jose Museum of Art and Children's Discovery Museum are also within 10 minutes. Convention Center Station is only a 3-minute walk and Childrens Discovery Museum Station is 6 minutes.

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      233 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        302 South Market Street, San Jose, CA
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              AC Hotel by Marriott San Jose Downtown

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