Things to do in San Jose

Things to do in San Jose

The Tech Museum of Innovation
201 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113  
tel: (408) 294-8324

The museum is composed of three floors, each with its own significance. The ground floor has the main entrance, a gift shop and cafe, the Imax theater, and a recreational area that is reserved for special events. The Tech Museum's architecture is the work of Mexican architect Ricardo Lerorreta.

Four major theme galleries fill the upper level and lower level of the museum: Communication, Exploration, Innovation and Life Tech. These galleries are constantly being revamped and changed to fit the theme movies and exhibits. On the lower level there is also a public piece of artwork titled Origin, which is inside a 45-foot-tall (14 m) cylinder.

Winchester Mystery House

525 South Winchester Boulevard, San Jose, CA, Phone: 408-247-2101

The Winchester Mystery House is a mansion located on South Winchester Boulevard in San Jose. This Victorian mansion was built in the Queen Anne Style, and it once served as the residence of Sarah Winchester, the daughter of gun maker William Wirt Winchester. 

Construction began in 1884 but stopped when Ms. Winchester died in 1922; she and others claimed the house was haunted.

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles 

520 South First Street, San Jose, CA, Phone: 408-971-0323

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is located on South First Street in downtown San Jose. It is the first museum devoted exclusively to exhibiting the intricate art of quilts and textiles. 

Opened in 1977, the museum has an impressive collection consisting of more than 550 quilts, textiles, and garments, all of which were created by artists in the 20th and 21st centuries. 

The museum also has a library with more than 500 books about the techniques and the history of this art form. The museum regularly offers classes and lectures for children and adults, and tours led by trained docents are available several times per month. 

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

560 South First Street, San Jose, CA, Phone: 408-283-8155

Located on South First Street in the South First Area Arts District of downtown San Jose, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art consists of three galleries of contemporary art housed in a sleek, minimalist space.

Founded in 1980, the gallery is known as an art space that visitors of all ages can appreciate and enjoy. The exhibition space hosts installations created by both individuals and by groups, and these events are typically opened with receptions.

The gallery also presents programs such as artist lectures, tours of the exhibitions, music performances, art auctions, and much more. The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art is one of the top things to do in San Jose CA for art lovers.

San Jose Museum of Art

110 South Market Street, San Jose, California, Phone: 408-271-6840

Located on South Market Street next to the Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park and the Circle of Palms Plaza in downtown San Jose, the San Jose Museum of Art is dedicated to exhibiting late 20th century and 21st century works of art created by West Coast artists.

The museum’s 2,000 works represent several media forms, including drawings, paintings, photographs, and sculptures, among others. The museum is housed in a building that was originally built as the San Jose post office and then later served as the city’s library.

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

1660 Park Avenue, San Jose, California, Phone: 408-947-3635

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum shares the wonders of ancient Egypt with visitors. Located on Park Avenue at the Rosicrucian Park in the Rose Garden neighborhood of San Jose, the museum was established by the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, which was founded by Dr. Harvey Lewis.

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