Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose

Tech-Museum-headerWhile living here is still relatively new, I wanted to experience it before I took it for granted. Soon enough, we’d be living here for ten years and haven’t experienced many of the local touristy spots.

Tech-Museum-excitedThis is my excited face. I couldn’t wait to go in. I had a feeling it would be like the Ontario Science Centre The Guy and I went to a number of years ago. Although April Showers should bring May flowers, Mother Nature here in California likes to think it’s summer year round.

Tech-Museum-downstairsI was going to first say that the Tech Museum of Innovation would be a fantastic spot to take your kids (or people of any age — since we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves) here when it rains. But it doesn’t rain! So come on by anyway, and explore what’s inside!






Tech-Museum-nerd-pkGot our nerdy headsets on which ended up recording our brain activity while we walked around the exhibits, so we could look back on it later. I received quite a few stares from the people who hadn’t realized it was available, one person asked me if I was part of some sort of project! We only wore the headsets for about 45 minutes, I couldn’t wear it any longer — I was starting to get a brutal headache from the thing pinching my ear and ill-fitting my head.

Tech-Museum-bodymeHere’s the second part of the body metrics thing we were wearing, telling us how we were feeling. I wasn’t anxious though, I was having tons of fun! Perhaps I was feeling nervous because of the next exhibit we went to: the earthquake simulator! Gah!

Tech-Museum-earthquakeI took the advice of a staff member to check out the earthquake simulator. It was terrifying. Especially if you hadn’t experienced one before. The kids who hopped on after us all seemed to love it and stay on for each additional earthquake that was happening. But when you realize how destructive it could be it hits home and frightens you. I could barely stand up without holding onto the safety bar they had available for us. Me and my husband’s face dropped as soon as we felt how violent an 8.2 earthquake could really feel. Let me just say I am not ready to face that. I still have no idea where to hide when one strikes. Let alone thinking about grabbing our little dog in the midst of it all. Hoooooo… wee!

Tech-Museum-Jetpack-SimHere’s the husband and I taking our turns on the jetpack simulator which was really fun. You had a 60 seconds to get your red dot lined up with the green dot. Kinda felt like you were floating.

Tech-Museum-astronautOoph! There’s an astronaut.

Tech-Museum-upstairsSo colourful and fun, but a lot of the stuff there was definitely aimed for younger children. Regardless, we still had a ball!

Tech-Museum-creep-face2Haha. I mean, check out the faces we were making at the swap-your-face screen. Here are my eyes, some kids head, and my husbands mouth/beard area.

Tech-Museum-Creep-faceCreepy, and hilarious. I was in tears, laughing so hard!

Tech-Museum-funny-faceThis one too!

Tech-Museum-robotsThis little robot on the right was from the robotic design basics. We totally fell for the talking robot until we realized the young adult sitting on the bench was talking through a microphone. Completely fooled us, and we laughed SO hard when we realized we didn’t necessarily needed to ask it simplistic questions for it to understand. Hilarious, and definitely something kids would absolutely go bonkers for.

Tech-Museum-wattsMy husband, the 5x Ironman Triathlete spends endless hours on his bike every week. It’s not a surprise he can crank up the watts to make everything light up here.

Tech-Museum-thermalThis was another awesome exhibit, it was all thermal. The Guy always jokes around with me that I’m constantly cold (which I am). Truth be told by the thermal exhibit — I certainly am too! And he’s always super over-heated (In case you didn’t know like me, Red = cold, white = warm).

Tech-Museum-loveI took a minute, to spell out LOVE ♥



Tech-Museum-bodymetThe Tech Museum of Innovation would be a fantastic spot to check out especially if it’s on a rainy day — rare occasion these days with the California drought.


Tech Museum of Innovation

201 South Market Street, CA 95113
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  1. My 10 year old would love it there. What a fun place to spend the day with the kids.

  2. Wow this looks really fun! Matt and I love checking out and visiting new places and I am all about learning new things. I am secretly a little bit of a science geek. I would absolutely love this!
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  3. This looks like such a fun place to visit. It reminds me of the Nimo science museum I visited in Amsterdam.

  4. Have you been to the Exploratorium in SF? I highly recommend it since they moved into an awesome space (right next to the Bay off the Embarcadero), and the exhibits are just as interesting as the Tech Museum.

    Side note – we should grab coffee one day. DM me if you ever want to talk “shop” or just want to meet another Bay Area blogger!

  5. ha. Looks like loads of fun. I live in San Jose and try to get there a few times a year. Also check out there nightlife events too.

  6. It looks like you had an awesome time indeed in the tech museum. I so have to bring my sons there because we would all have a blast. It would be so interesting indeed. Thanks for sharing.

  7. My sons would love it there. They love visiting places where it’s hands on and they are allowed to touch and try stuff. Love your pictures!

  8. This looks like an amazing place to spend the day. I will have to go if i am ever in the area.

  9. Wow, I love a museum where you are actually doing stuff instead of just walking around looking at pretty things. The nerdy headsets just set the mood :) I would have had a silly fun day right there with you!

  10. This looks like a blast. Our kids love science and tech, even to the point of writing research papers during their summer breaks. My only complaint with living where we do in northern michigan is that things like this usually involve an overnight trip since the cities that have them are minimum three hour drives away.
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  11. omg this museum looks like so much fun!!!! Would love to go someday if I ever make it out to San Jose!!!

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