Located in downtown San Jose, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Tech Museum of Innovation hosts about 400,000 visitors annually, making it one of California’s most popular attractions. Of those visitors, about 80,000 are students on school-sponsored field trips. In its 132,000 square feet, the Tech, as it’s known, presents galleries, interactive exhibits, and floor programs that address exploration, the Internet, the human body, and innovation.
The Tech’s galleries are spread over two floors, and comprise hundreds of hands-on, interactive experiences. Two popular exhibits are Cyber Detectives, developed by Palo Alto Networks, and Body Metrics, a Kaiser Permanente presentation that focuses on wearable technology.
Another popular feature is the Tech Studio, which challenges visitors to apply new tech to solve problems or improve conditions of daily life. Visitors use engineering programs for a broad range of pressing purposes, including trying to create solutions to societal problems. Visitors also address less-pressing problems like delivering cupcakes to beachgoers.
The Tech’s mission is to inspire the innovator in everyone. It recognizes that the world is more thoroughly driven by technology and envisions a society that empowers everybody to succeed in that world. More information, including hours of operation, are available on the Tech’s website at www.thetech.org.