Sightseeing in San Jose


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  • Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
    In 2005, Roger Castillo's dog found a bone beside the Guadalupe River. But it wasn't just any bone?it was the skull of a young Columbian mammoth. Paleontologists from UC Berkeley's Museum of Paleontology joined Roger on the scene, where they excavated a thigh bone and the pelvis of the ancient creature. The fossils were assembled into a full-scale replica of the baby mammoth, affectionately named "Lupe," and moved into the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose. This happy accident became a permanent exhibit?and created a fitting unofficial mascot for an institution celebrating curiosity and wonder. Today, visitors can stop by the museum's Mammoth Discovery! hall to see Lupe's towering frame, housed alongside 20 other hands-on activities that spark the scientific minds of little visitors. This sense of exploration is at the core of the museum's 150 exhibits. And while it may be a while before kids discover their own extinct animals, the museum's 52,000 square feet help build foundations in math, science, and art. The colorful WaterWays room, for example, uses pulleys and tunnels to teach youngsters about the properties of rivers or flooded bathrooms, while the Kids' Garden invites them to help grow fruits and veggies. Most exhibits stay on permanent display, but the museum also hosts special exhibits and events throughout the year, such as interactive storytelling performances.
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    180 Woz Way
    San Jose, CA US
  • San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
    An artform with roots all around the world, quilting is one of the oldest and richest expressions of human creativity. The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles celebrates the craft with centuries-worth of blankets drawing on Latino, Vietnamese, and Native American traditions. They also explore more contemporary works that showcase the way modern art has influenced the work of quilting?actual quilting, and not just the way some museums have stitched famous canvases together and called it a day. Size: big enough to contain 850 textiles, including historic and contemporary quilts, as well as costumes and garments from around the world Eye Catcher: the collection of Ruth Dundas, a member of the America Tapestry Alliance whose work is distinguished by its modernist commentary on femininity Permanent Mainstay: the in-depth look at the history of textile production techniques Don't Miss: the temporary exhibitions, which have included everything from traditional African styles to Andy Warhol?esque portraits of RuPaul
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    520 South 1st Street
    San Jose, CA US
  • 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, or grow jellyfish DNA in a lab 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 Visiting Exhibit: REBOOT:music lets you create modern music with high-tech devices; try the L?HA! Laser Harp, which substitutes laser light for strings 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
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    201 S Market St
    San Jose, CA US
  • San Jose Museum of Art
    Since 1969, the San Jose Museum of Art has acquired works that define the art of the time. Over the decades, that has included abstract paintings from the mid-20th century, sculptures from Bay Area artists, and new media works that echo the rise of Silicon Valley. Many have been drawn to the museum's artistic cause; in fact, more than 95% of the permanent collection has come from donations. Inside the Rotating Collection: paintings, sculpture, installations, new media, photography, drawings, prints, and artist's books. Exhibits this fall include Robert Henri's California Portraits, Momentum: an experiment in the unexpected, David Levinthal: Make Believe, and more. Hands-On Activities: Visitor photography encouraged; free Art Packs filled with gallery activities; sketching and poem-writing activities The Building: a 19th-century library with a new wing added in 1991 to accommodate the growing collection Pro Tip: the museum stays open late (until 8 p.m.) on the third Thursday of every month Special Programs: free guided tours, artist interviews, and a kids' art camp
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    110 S Market St.
    San Jose, CA US
  • Aperture Academy
    Recipient of the National Wildlife Federation's 2007 Photographer of the Year and National Geographic's 2008 Best Nature Photographer awards, Aperture Academy founder Stephen Oachs has dedicated himself to passing on camera know-how to newly minted picture snappers alongside a team of pro teachers. His beautiful, wood-floored studio and gallery hosts classes that usher beginners through their first forays into photography. These sessions impart such advanced techniques as high-quality printing and using Photoshop to give red eye to every family member who refused to say "cheese." Workshops spirit students to beautiful locales throughout California, giving budding photographers the chance to hone their skills in stunning natural environments.
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    2290 N. 1st St
    San Jose, CA US
  • Silica Valley Glass Studio
    The Willow Glen Resident featured Silica Valley Glass Studio. Three Yelpers give it a five-star average.
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    99 N Almaden Blvd
    San Jose, CA US

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