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Arts & Museums
Is there a better place than Silicon Valley to learn about the history of hi-tech and its impact on the Bay Area and the world? Not likely. This museum offers not only a history of the Intel Corporation and Silicon Valley, but also a display of interesting exhibits on how chips, microprocessors and memory technology all work together. Learn about semiconductors, chip design, fabrication and packaging. Group tours are available. The gift shop is an excellent spot to find mementos from Silicon Valley.
Located inside Levi's Stadium, the 49ers Museum celebrates this Bay Area football team. The 20,000 square-foot museum explores the 49ers past and present with historical team memorabilia as well as the latest information on the current players. Step inside the museum's Morabito Theater to learn about your team and see some of their greatest game plays. Take a picture next to a life-sized statue of your favorite player in the Hall of Fame. You can even interact with exhibits, including touchscreens and a passing and kicking simulator.
Japanese-Americans have a long history in Santa Clara Valley and this place is dedicated to preserving these traditions. Exhibits, collections, workshops, lectures and other special events take place here, all centering on the prominence of the Japanese-American peoples of the area. Several resource materials are also available, including books, videos and CDs. Established in 1987, the museum is smack in the middle of Japan town. Stop in and see some incredible photo collections.
De Saisset Museum is named after Isabel de Saisse, who generously donated her estate to the University of Santa Clara. This museum, located on El Camino Real, displays over 10,000 artifacts and artworks, including several paintings by renowned artists. It also hosts temporary exhibitions and other events on a regular basis along with its iconic permanent collection. For updates and other details, call ahead. Open from Tuesdays through Sundays, De Saisset Museum makes for an interesting visit.
Triton Museum of Art is dedicated to the cultural diversity of the greater South Bay Area. For more than 30 years, the museum has offered collections that showcase the history and experiences of diverse South Bay communities including Latino, Japanese and Pacific Islanders among others. It also provides thought-provoking and unfailingly illuminating lectures, classes, panel discussions and tours. Exhibitions change on a monthly basis and admission is free. It is a great place to learn the fascinating history of this area.
Mexican Heritage Plaza is the Mecca for Latino culture in the South Bay. An art gallery, spectacular gardens and a state-of-the-art theater, as well as meeting rooms and offices, are all here. Concerts and festivals take place throughout the year, and the theater is the home of Los Lupenos de San Jose, a Latin folkloric dance troupe, and Teatro Vision, a theater collective. It is a lovely spot to spend a leisurely lunch hour or a sunny afternoon soaking up local culture.
Peralta Adobe & Fallon House Historic Site is made up of two different buildings. One is the oldest address in San Jose, the latter is the home built by a former mayor in the late 19th Century. See what life was like in the 1900s and get a rich dose of fascinating local history. This site also contains an excellent bookstore. Tours are available by appointment only.
A vibrant gallery/shop featuring a wide variety of items made by local artists. They exhibit as well as sell paintings, prints, sculptures, glass art, greeting cards, and jewelry, all at reasonable prices. Here you will find great souvenirs, beautiful pieces that will accent your walls and it is also a perfect place to pick up a unique gift for someone special. Kaleid is the only gallery around San Jose that supports solely local artists, giving many artists their first showings, as well as showcasing beautiful and edgy art by many established artists. Their 'Two Dollar Tuesdays' are very popular among locals.
The only place in North America dedicated solely to the works of Ludwig himself, this museum contains a wealth of material, including the much-heralded lock of Beethoven's hair. Original manuscripts, books, recordings, autographed materials, masks, sculptures, stamps, films and all sorts of things are here. The center sponsors many concerts and lectures throughout the year and several things are for sale, like coffee mugs, scores and a bibliography database. This is an excellent place for scholarly research.
There is something for everyone at San Jose Museum of Art: contemporary art, lectures, concerts, tours, book signings, special events and even programs for children. The museum has been host to many outstanding traveling shows and has been a champion of local artists. The museum bookstore offers a nice selection of usual museum merchandise, such as books, tote bags and greeting cards. The museum cafe offers a wonderful rotating menu of seasonal delights.
Tombs, mummies and all sorts of ancient Egyptian artifacts await you at Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium, one of the tourist favorites of San Jose. This place is located in the beautiful Rosicrucian Park, with palm trees and Egyptian-style buildings everywhere. The museum itself contains an extensive array of artifacts, jewelry and displays of Egyptian antiquity. The tour in the cavernous tomb below the museum is especially replete with information and entertainment. Through the interactive displays, you will get an in-depth look at the nature of life in ancient Egypt.
With over 200 interactive, hi-tech exhibits, The Tech Museum of Innovation is unlike any other museum in the world. It is housed in a huge complex that stands out from all the other buildings in the heart of Downtown San Jose. Its unique Silicon Valley location is fitting given its technological nature and hands-on displays. Learn about communication networks, new frontiers in science, lasers, Silicon Valley inventions, biotechnology, and other cutting edge technologies that influence the world. The museum also includes a 360-degree IMAX theater.