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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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The Fairmont San Jose £122
The Fairmont San Jose

The Fairmont San Jose

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.

    Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown £101
    Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown

    Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown

    282 Almaden Blvd, San Jose, CA
       
      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.

      The Westin San Jose £89
      The Westin San Jose

      The Westin San Jose

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

        Located in Downtown San Jose, this hotel is steps away from San Jose Civic Auditorium, San Jose Convention Center and The Tech Interactive. San Jose Museum of Art and San Jose Center for the Performing Arts are also within 5 minutes. Convention Center Station is only a 2-minute walk and San Antonio Station is 5 minutes.

        Hotel De Anza £105
        Hotel De Anza

        Hotel De Anza

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

          Located in Downtown San Jose, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Pedro Square, St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica and Adobe Corporate Headquarters. The Tech Interactive and SAP Center at San Jose are also within 10 minutes. Santa Clara Station is 9 minutes by foot and St James Station is 9 minutes.

          San Jose Marriott £107
          San Jose Marriott

          San Jose Marriott

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

            Located in Downtown San Jose, this hotel is steps away from San Jose Civic Auditorium and San Jose Convention Center. The Tech Interactive and San Jose Museum of Art are also within 10 minutes. Convention Center Station is only a 2-minute walk and San Antonio Station is 6 minutes.

            AC Hotel by Marriott San Jose Downtown £89
            AC Hotel by Marriott San Jose Downtown

            AC Hotel by Marriott San Jose Downtown

            350 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              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. The Tech Interactive and San Jose Center for the Performing Arts are also within 10 minutes. San Fernando Station is 8 minutes by foot and San Jose Diridon Station is 10 minutes.

              Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown £81
              Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown

              Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown

              211 S First Street, San Jose, CA
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown San Jose, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Plaza de Cesar Chavez, The Tech Interactive and San Jose Museum of Art. San Jose Convention Center and San Jose State University are also within 10 minutes. San Antonio Station is only a 2-minute walk and Santa Clara Station is 4 minutes.

                Arena Hotel £88
                Arena Hotel

                Arena Hotel

                817 The Alameda, San Jose, CA
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in San Jose, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of J. Lohr Winery, SAP Center at San Jose, and Children's Discovery Museum. San Jose Museum of Art and The Tech Interactive are also within 1 mile (2 km). Diridon Station is 7 minutes by foot and San Jose Diridon Station is 7 minutes.