The Tech Museum of Innovation

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  • Interactive, hands-on exhibits
  • Experience science and tech
  • IMAX educational movie
  • Variety of exhibits and galleries

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The all-time greatest inventor, who shall remain nameless because he or she also invented anonymity, mastered innovation upon discovering what would become the 18th century's crowning achievement—the baking soda and vinegar volcano. Interact with innovation’s universal ability to wow with today’s deal: for $5, you get one individual general-admission and one IMAX educational-movie ticket to The Tech Museum of Innovation, a $10 value. This deal does not include special exhibitions or feature full-length IMAX films.

Spread out among 132,000 square feet and three levels are a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits that represent the museum’s goal of innovative inspiration. The recently opened, hands-on, and interactive exhibit Invention at Play examines the evolution of playtime from the hoop-and-stick of yesteryear to the portable holographic virtual wristwatches of today. The art, film, and music-focused Tech Virtual Test Zone conceptualizes ideas from the virtual world of Second Life with interactive wonders such as the Wall of Musical Buttons. The Wall allows visitors to experiment with note intervals in familiar musical melodies, and Mashup Masterpiece gives visitors the ability to add their own creative modifications after observing an artist's artistic process. Aspiring weatherpersons can learn about the powers of wind, water, and sun in Green by Design, or budding Beakmans can perform various science experiments in the Exploration Gallery. Keep the stimulation going while giving tired legs a rest with the included educational IMAX movie. Check out current offerings such as Arabia or Under the Sea or peruse the schedule for other upcoming shows at The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater.

The Tech Museum’s azure- and mango-colored domed building houses mind-bending art, a TechStore, café, and more than a million beakers' worth of science and technology. Plan your family’s next educational field trip, fun day, or science-fair-inspiration expedition at The Tech Museum. Prepare to bask in the warm glow of innovation while sparking creativity with the potency of a velociraptor climbing an electric fence.


Frommer's recommends The Tech Museum of Innovation. Citysearchers give it a perfect five-star rating, TripAdvisors give it four owl eyes, and more than 150 Yelpers give it 3.5 stars:

  • It is entertainment, education and fun. The displays are interesting. The exhibits are challenging. – lawfox, Citysearch
  • The Tech museum is a great place for kids and adults alike. The Imax theater is awesome, it is like watching movies in the fourth dimension. There are always cool hands on exhibits that entertain the kiddies for hours. Definately [sic] a great place to learn and have fun! – keirstenlampkin, Citysearch

The Tech Museum of Innovation

Its name may contain the word "museum," but The Tech Museum of Innovation prefers not to wallow in the past. Since its earliest days in 1978, it has exhibited the timeless principles of science while also celebrating the latest in technological achievement. In doing so, the institution inspires visitors to apply that same spirit of creative problem-solving to all aspects of life.

  • Size: the mango-and-azure domed building fills 132,000 square feet with hundreds of interactive exhibits and six labs
  • Hands-On Experiments: ride in a jet-pack chair worthy of NASA, feel what it's like to experience an earthquake, grow jellyfish DNA in a lab, learn about internet security in Cyber Detectives, and use wearable technology that measures physical and emotional states in Body Metrics.
  • Eye-Catchers: the creations inside Social Robots, where visitors design and build robots before dressing them up in hats that a human could never pull off
  • Permanent Mainstay: The Tech Awards Gallery, a showcase of past inventions and inventors from the museum's annual Tech Awards
  • Don't Miss: The Tech Studio, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the prototypes and fabrication of upcoming exhibits—and lets visitors be among the first to test them

Customer Reviews

Super fun place to visit with older kids. Lots of hands on activities and technology.
Robin C. · July 25, 2016
Great for the entire family! There's something for everyone!
Angela C. · July 24, 2016
We enjoy the Tech Museum, but the big reason we joined is for the reciprocal membership to other museums across the nation The reciprocal program makes it an amazing deal Very happy with paying 50% of regular price through Groupon
Suna P. · December 8, 2015
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