The Tech Museum of Innovation

The Tech Museum of Innovation The Tech Museum of Innovation is a must-see, must-do Silicon Valley experience. New exhibits! New movies! Hands-on science & IMAX! 201 South Market Street San Jose, CA, 95113 Phone: 408-294-8324
The Tech Museum of Innovation is a family-friendly interactive science and technology center located in the heart of downtown San Jose, California. It has become a landmark for visitors seeking a glimpse of the most inventive place on Earth — Silicon Valley.

Thanks to the vision of this institution’s leadership and unwavering support from staff members, volunteers, donors and patrons, The Tech has grown to be far more than just a museum. It is a valued community resource for education and innovation, one that in 2015 was awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honor a United States museum can achieve.

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, The Tech celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future.

We are driven by our mission: to inspire the innovator in everyone.
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Happy National DNA Day! In our Stanford Genetics activity, visitors use DNA sequences to reconstruct the stories behind ...
04/26/2019

Happy National DNA Day! In our Stanford Genetics activity, visitors use DNA sequences to reconstruct the stories behind ancient remains.

Studying DNA can help us discover what they looked like, what they ate and diseases they may have had.

Watching young people get excited about DNA is pretty cool but our favorite thing about this activity is the drawings left behind...

At just 8 years old, Xóchitl has designed and constructed a solar-powered device to heat water, using only recycled mat...
04/25/2019
8-year-old Mexican Girl Wins Nuclear Sciences Prize For Her Invention

At just 8 years old, Xóchitl has designed and constructed a solar-powered device to heat water, using only recycled materials. 🌎☀️

At just 8 years old, Xóchitl Guadalupe Cruz has invented a device to help low-income families. The little girl from Chiapas was recognized by UNAM's Institute of Nuclear Sciences for h...

04/24/2019
3D Game Design

Why play like a pro when you can create like one? In 3D Game Design at Summer Camps at The Tech, you use Unreal Engine to create a real 3D video game of your own design. Build it from the ground up, choosing landscapes, textures, objects and more to challenge your crew’s gaming skills.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2Xc9EBJ

A local group of teen makers are on a mission to make bio design colorful and FUN!⠀They’ll be taking over our BioTin...
04/23/2019

A local group of teen makers are on a mission to make bio design colorful and FUN!

They’ll be taking over our BioTinkering Lab for a workshop this Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Join us as we use kombucha leather to create dolls, kaleidoscopes and 3D printed wings!

Learn more about the makers and their journey as the first high school team to compete in the BioDesign Challenge: https://giybiobuddies.weebly.com/

Every day our exhibits feature stories of people using tech for a sustainable mission, but on Earth Day we post about th...
04/22/2019

Every day our exhibits feature stories of people using tech for a sustainable mission, but on Earth Day we post about those exhibits. 🌎🤳#techforgood

So much plastic. So many solutions! We love exploring ways tech can help solve our planet's biggest problems.
04/21/2019
How Biotech is Breaking the Plastic Habit

So much plastic. So many solutions! We love exploring ways tech can help solve our planet's biggest problems.

Our next big exhibition will empower our community to live sustainably. Learn some small steps you can take right now to contribute to…

Fish waste as plant fertilizer?! AquaAWESOME.⠀Engineering students from SJSU are in the process of installing a smart ...
04/20/2019

Fish waste as plant fertilizer?! AquaAWESOME.

Engineering students from SJSU are in the process of installing a smart aquaponics system in our visitor-facing lab! 🤩 @ The Tech Museum of Innovation

04/18/2019
Pop Rocket Activity

Get your mad scientist on at Summer Camps at The Tech! Dive into Chemistry Creations where you can experiment hands-on with familiar substances, and make chemistry come to life in wacky ways.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2Z5uAvQ

04/18/2019
Construction Montage!

Our engineering and exhibit teams have been hard at work... which can only mean... CONSTRUCTION MONTAGE

04/16/2019
Disneynature Penguins

See the incredible adventure of Steve the penguin as he tries to survive and thrive in the icy Antarctic. "Penguins" will be playing in our IMAX Dome Theater April 17 - 24!

See showtimes + get tickets at thetech.org/penguins.

The Tech is SHARKS territory! We’re celebrating the Sharks in the playoffs by bringing back the Skate Design Challenge...
04/13/2019

The Tech is SHARKS territory! We’re celebrating the Sharks in the playoffs by bringing back the Skate Design Challenge. Come build your own hockey skates, replacing the traditional steel blade with CDs, plastics, foams and other materials.

Experience it on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Monday, April 15 - Friday, May 3rd.

Meet Micheala Yamash*ta. 👋 She’s an Experience Development Specialist here at The Tech!She led the development of o...
04/12/2019

Meet Micheala Yamash*ta. 👋 She’s an Experience Development Specialist here at The Tech!

She led the development of our latest Innovation on Ice Design Challenge: Code Teal. Her mission was to show young people that the applications of coding are ENDLESS. Because of this activity, 2,168 guests took block coding beyond the screen and onto a hockey rink. 👏

Swipe ➡️ to see some behind-the-scenes pics! @ The Tech Museum of Innovation

"In the major areas of the mission – – navigation, communication, control systems, spacecraft design and tracking—...
04/09/2019
Meet the women scientists who powered India’s Mars mission

"In the major areas of the mission – – navigation, communication, control systems, spacecraft design and tracking—the women were leaders.” 🇮🇳

An excerpt from Minnie Vaid’s ‘Those Magnificent Women And Their Flying Machines: ISRO’s Mission on Mars’.

Just a few of the hovercrafts that engineers between 4-12th grade built for The Tech Challenge. 😱 We’re blown away ...
04/06/2019

Just a few of the hovercrafts that engineers between 4-12th grade built for The Tech Challenge. 😱 We’re blown away by the creativity of these young innovators.

The Tech Challenge: Signature Program of The Tech Museum
04/06/2019

The Tech Challenge: Signature Program of The Tech Museum

This year’s Bob Grimm Award for an Extraordinary Educator was given to Rosemary Baez and Ashley Diaz of Third Street Community Center.

The award is named after a long-time Tech Challenge champion. Grimm was a stalwart supporter of providing STEM education resources for all. Thank you Rosemary and Ashley for all you do to support young innovators.

04/03/2019

Gentle ripples, choppy waves, booming splashes. Your movements shape the sights and sounds you experience.😮⠀

Here’s a sneak peek of the upcoming installation, “Resonance” created by @tish_studio. Coming soon to The Tech! 🌊

04/02/2019
IMAX

Immerse yourself in the end of the epic showdown against Thanos in our IMAX Dome Theater.

Tickets and showtimes: http://thetech.org/endgame

Check out the official IMAX trailer for Marvel Studios #AvengersEndgame, filmed with IMAX cameras. Experience it the way it is meant to be seen and see up to 26% more picture, only in IMAX theatres. April 26.

04/01/2019

What a weekend! Thank you to everyone who participated, cheered or volunteered in The Tech Challenge 2019: No Roads, No Problem!, presented by Dell.

It was a spectacular event where The Tech’s mission — inspiring the innovator in everyone — took center stage. We'll see you next year!

The Tech Challenge: Signature Program of The Tech Museum
03/31/2019

The Tech Challenge: Signature Program of The Tech Museum

A few costume highlights from day one. Every team looked ON POINT. 🙌

Yessss. 👏🤩
03/29/2019

Yessss. 👏🤩

Are you ready for this?! #TheTechChallenge

It’s almost time for the best weekend of the year! The Tech Challenge 2019... we're ready for you.
03/29/2019

It’s almost time for the best weekend of the year! The Tech Challenge 2019... we're ready for you.

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Member Party last week. The night consisted of good food, eco-artwork and DOGS. ...
03/28/2019

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Member Party last week. The night consisted of good food, eco-artwork and DOGS. Shoutout to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office for bringing along some local K9 heroes.

View the photo album here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmCdDSdf

Last November, The Tech’s student board led a summit in partnership with National Geographic to inspire and educate mo...
03/25/2019
What happened after the Youth Climate Action Summit

Last November, The Tech’s student board led a summit in partnership with National Geographic to inspire and educate more than 500 of their peers.

Student board member Malaina Kapoor writes about the summit’s ongoing impact, including how it empowered students in Florida to organize their own event!

Inspired and energized, 500 young people take on their generation’s great challenge

Happy National Puppy Day from some of our favorite instafamous dogs in the Bay Area.⠀Their bandanas say, “Superpower...
03/23/2019

Happy National Puppy Day from some of our favorite instafamous dogs in the Bay Area.

Their bandanas say, “Superpower Dogs” because they want to subtly remind you to come see “Superpower Dogs.” #nowplaying 🤩 @ IMAX Dome Theater at the Tech

Our mission is to inspire the innovator in everyone, which is why we are proud of our partnership with Galileo Camps and...
03/22/2019
Best STEM Summer Camp Programs for Elementary & Middle School Students

Our mission is to inspire the innovator in everyone, which is why we are proud of our partnership with Galileo Camps and their summer programs dedicated to developing innovators who envision and create a better world.

Galileo mixes day camp fun with hands-on projects in fields from science and engineering to the visual and culinary arts.

Supported by dedicated staff, kids grow from Camp Galileo (pre-K – Grade 5) through Galileo Summer Quest (Grades 5 – 8), emerging as confident creators ready to turn their ideas into reality. With more than 40 Bay Area locations, there’s bound to be a convenient camp near you.

03/22/2019

Spawn creatures with your hands. Watch them evolve and adapt to the environment. 🤭

This interactive art installation by @marpi_ is coming soon! 🌿

Trying to understand why wheat genome has way more DNA than humans like 🤯😱
03/21/2019

Trying to understand why wheat genome has way more DNA than humans like 🤯😱

"It is said that our DNA contains as much information as a complete set of encyclopedias or more. Is this also true of plants? Like a begonia?"

Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2TlLYbO

03/20/2019
Quinn Cook on Birdly

“How’d you do that?!” NBA player, Quinn Cook’s reaction to Birdly is relatable.

Planning on visiting The Tech this weekend? There's lots of events happening here in Downtown San Jose. Avoid the parkin...
03/16/2019

Planning on visiting The Tech this weekend? There's lots of events happening here in Downtown San Jose. Avoid the parking struggle and take VTA instead!

Our Director of IMAX Theater Operations just watched the final version of "Superpower Dogs" AND met the four-legged movi...
03/13/2019

Our Director of IMAX Theater Operations just watched the final version of "Superpower Dogs" AND met the four-legged movie stars! It’s fine, we’re not jealous. 😍

Here’s what Michelle had to say about the movie…

“The finished film is amazing. It treats the human/dog bond with respect and honors the dogs ability to use their superpowers to help affect change in the world. I can’t wait to present this to our teachers, members and general audiences.”

"Superpower Dogs" officially opens at our IMAX Dome Theater on Friday, March 22. Get tickets at thetech.org/dogs.

We’re up for an interactive innovation award at SXSW! 🎉⠀Shoutout to our awesome team, Nadav and Clarissa, for sup...
03/11/2019

We’re up for an interactive innovation award at SXSW! 🎉

Shoutout to our awesome team, Nadav and Clarissa, for supporting the creation of Animaker. This exhibit has exposed thousands of young people to the world of machine learning in an engaging way. 🙌

Good luck today!

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201 S Market St
San Jose, CA
95113

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Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours may vary. Please see website for current schedule. Closed August 28 - September 1, Christmas and Thanksgiving.

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Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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