Museums

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Cinnabar Hills Golf Club
Located in the hills overlooking the Coyote Valley, in San Jose’s Silicon Valley, Cinnabar Hills Golf Club offers 27 magnificent holes, with 6 different 18-hole combinations. The Brandenburg Historical Golf Museum, the only one of its kind in the Western United States, is one of the club's most unique and impressive ameniti…
Lick Observatory
On the forefront of astronomical research since 1888 (before there was even a road up Mount Hamilton) the Lick Observatory is nothing short of an icon, with its foundation set firmly in Silicon Valley innovation and technological prowess. Beyond the stunning views from 4,209 feet above the valley, the brilliant history of h…
South 1st Fridays
San Jose's SoFA District has history, independent retailers, cafes, restaurants, nightclubs, museums, galleries and is the creative center of downtown. Many of these unique venues participate in the South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk by presenting exciting exhibitions, live music and special performances on the first Friday of ea…
Cannery Row

With its picturesque charm and colorful history, Cannery Row captivates visitors from all over the world. This historic waterfront district on Monterey Bay was made famous by author John Steinbeck. The unique appeal of this fabled street is what makes Cannery Row the most popular vacation destination on California’s Central…

Children's Discovery Museum
Visit Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose where you can expect to test, crank, listen, prod and tinker. One of the largest museums of its kind in the nation, CDM's 150 interactive exhibits lead visitors to explore, understand and enjoy the world. Over 28,000 sq. ft. of discovery awaits you! Download Meeting Spec Sheet …
Computer History Museum
The Computer History Museum is a remarkable hub that showcases the history of computers and continues to chronicle new advances in technology. If you are interested in technology, you'll love the exhibits that await you. Find out how computers were invented and witness unique displays with fun topics like computer chess. If…
History Park/History San Jose
Walking in to History Park by History San Jose at Kelley Park is literally like taking a step back in time. The historical and cultural campus featuring 19 partner organizations who each tell their own history in their own words, captures the beginnings of San Jose in a fresh, fun, authentic, educational and fascinating…
Intel Museum & Headquarters
If you are interested in technology, be sure to visit the Intel Museum for unforgettable experience learning about the history of the company and its contributions to computer technology. When you visit this part of the country, there are lots of venues that celebrate Silicon Valley. This museum, however, is designed to eff…
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) showcases a unique collection of permanent and rotating exhibits chronicling more than a century of Japanese American history. Visitors will learn about early immigration of Japanese to America, their leadership in the agricultural community, their incarceration during World …
Kelley Park
With its 172 acres, Kelley Park is located on the north side of the city where it is regularly visited by area locals who enjoy its beautiful grounds and nearby attractions like Happy Hollow Park and Zoo. The park is a great place for picnics and other outdoor gatherings. With its picturesque setting, the park is popular pl…
Levi's Stadium
Levi's Stadium embodies "ultimate fan experience," where it's a Taylor Swift Concert or a San Francisco 49ers game you are attending. Top notch food, views, amenities and fun is awaiting you. Tours are recommended for a unique a behind-the-scenes look at a professional stadium, and includes a stop at the 49ers Museum. As on…
Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium was founded in 1984 and is located on the site of a former sardine cannery on Cannery Row. It holds thousands of plants and animals, representing more than 600 species on display. Sea life on exhibit includes stingrays, jellyfish, sea otters, sea horses, and numerous other native marine species, wh…

New Almaden
Nestled in a canyon eleven miles south of San Jose between the Pueblo Hills and the spurs of the Santa Cruz Mountains sits the tiny village of New Almaden, the once world famous quicksilver mining community that evolved on Jose Reyes Berreyesa's Rancho San Vicente during the early 1850s. This National Historic Landmark dist…
New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum at Casa Grande
The New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum at Casa Grande presents visitors with an interesting array of exhibits about the history of mercury mining and the lifestyles of mining communities at New Almaden. A mine diorama duplicates the interior of a mine shaft, giving visitors a feel for working underground. Other exhibits …
Peralta Adobe and Fallon House
Built in 1797, the Peralta Adobe is the last remaining structure from El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, also known as Pueblo Numero Uno. See the Adobe’s horno, an outside working oven, or venture inside the home and see two rooms furnished as they might have been when they were occupied by the Gonzales and Peralta familie…
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum began with one small artifact, a Sekhmet (lion goddess) statue, which stood on the desk of H. Spencer Lewis, the founder of the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC. Today the Museum, with over 4,000 artifacts, houses the largest collection of authentic ancient Egyptian artifacts on display in Western No…
San Jose Museum of Art
Specializing in art and artists of the West Coast, the San Jose Museum of Art is a popular tourist attraction for art lovers and cultural enthusiasts. Many of the exhibitions are devoted to California artists, but there is a growing interest in arts of the Pacific Rim. When you visit the museum, you can expect to witness a …
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
The mission of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is to promote the art, craft and history of quilts and textiles. Textile art transcends cultural, ethnic, age and gender boundaries and encompasses traditional as well as contemporary forms. The museum provides a serious venue for all artists working with textiles,…
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

Located in the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse at Lighthouse Point on West Cliff Drive, the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum opened its doors in June 1986 as the first surfing museum in the world. The museum overlooks the Steamer Lane surfing hot spot, and features photographs, surfboards, and videos tracing over 100 years of surf…

The Tech Museum
The Tech Museum of Innovation is a Silicon Valley landmark for visitors seeking a glimpse of the most innovative place on Earth. The 132,000 sq. ft. museum is one of the nation’s premier science and technology museums. Through fun, hands-on experiences and one-of-a-kind floor programs, many supported by Stanford and NASA, t…
Winchester Mystery House
Featured by Good Morning America in 2010, this is the house that Sarah, the troubled Winchester rifle heiress, built. Seeking a way to rid herself of the spirits of those killed by the “Gun that Won the West,” Sarah sought the advice of a medium. That consultation resulted in Sarah spending decades, as well as her $20 milli…