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The Tech Museum of Innovation: Calendar of Events<br> May/June 2005

Press Release Date 
Tuesday, 24 May, 2005

GENERAL INFORMATION
HOURS: The Tech is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PRICING: $9.50, $8 seniors, $7 children (Museum OR IMAX); $16, $15 seniors, $13 children (COMBO Galleries and IMAX)
CONTACT: For general information, 408-294-TECH (8324), www.thetech.org
LOCATION: The Tech is located in downtown San Jose at the corner of Park Ave and Market St near I-280 and Hwy 87. Easily accessible via Light Rail, Bus, Car, Caltrain
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CULTIVATE YOUR INNER INVENTOR ALL SUMMER LONG

Invention @ Play Opens June 3
Explore the playful side of invention and the inventive side of play. Tinker in the Invention Playhouse and peruse artifacts and real stories to see how play fosters creativity in real inventors. This temporary exhibit will be at The Tech through September 5.

IDEA House Opens June 17
A 2,500 square foot space filled with exciting activities to spark your ingenuity all summer long! Create unique devices in this house setting to make everyday tasks more exciting and creative. Deliver snacks from the kitchen to the couch, design a contraption to fling a ball for "Fido", and create fun foam sculptures in the backyard. Take home an IDEA Kit to continue the fun at your own house. IDEA House will be at The Tech through September 5.

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory IN IMAX Opens July 15 Acclaimed Director Tim Burton brings his imaginative style and unique vision to this Roald Dahl classic. Starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. See this Hollywood blockbuster as only IMAX can offer!

FRESH @ THE TECH

Paintings and Sculpture by Artist Karl Momen
Works by internationally renowned Bay Area Artist Karl Momen are now on free display in The Tech's New Venture Hall. This multi-medium show features painting, sculpture, and a special triptych of paint on silk-screened aluminum that symbolizes the highly structured world of modern technology. Long fascinated by the tension between man and machine, Momen uses geometric shapes to depict a universe of balanced forces. Don't miss this special exhibition.

Operation Connect: Saturday, June 11 from 10 am to 3 pm
Military families are invited to The Tech to make In partnership with AGL Internet Solutions, The Tech welcomes military families with loved ones oversees to send free video emails in time for Fathers Day and Flag Day. Advance registration at www.icsbd.org is recommended.

BATMAN BEGINS in IMAX June 15 – SPECIAL MIDNIGHT SCREENING June 15 at 12:01 am
BATMAN BEGINS: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force of good. Follow young Bruce Wayne, disillusioned by his parents' murder, on his evolution into Batman – a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten Gotham.

EXHIBITS

Please note that "Amazing Music Studio" and "Scream Machines" are now closed

"NetPl@net" - A New Tech Gallery Now Open
This new hands-on, permanent gallery will inspire visitors to use the Internet in unique new ways, and to dream up the next internet innovation! Participate in a Virtual Arm Wrestle using haptic technology, express yourself by publishing and posting a web site, take a tour around the globe with our amazing world-wide webcams, and so much more. Extend your visit online at home with a TechTag bracelet!

CURRENT IMAX FILMS

Mystery of the Nile Now Playing
From the makers of Everest comes a breathtaking cinematic expedition down the world's greatest and most deadly river, the Blue Nile. For 114 days, a team of explorers led by Pasquale Scaturro and Gordon Brown faced seemingly insurmountable challenges as they made their way along all 3,260 miles of the river to become the first in history to complete a full descent of the Blue Nile from source to sea. Catch the history, the scenery and the action as only IMAX can deliver.

Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey Now Playing
Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey explores rhythm across varied continents and cultures – guided by the internationally acclaimed performers of the stage hit STOMP. Tour the world to meet artists such as Timbalada of Brazil, the Kodo drummers of Japan, the American Indian Dance Theater, and the Jackie Robinson Steppers of New York. Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey was voted Best Film of the Year at the recent Giant Screen Theater Conference in Montreal.

Also playing: Forces of Nature, Batman Begins (Opens June 15)

SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

Ongoing: Segway Human Transporter
You've seen it in the news, now try it out yourself! Take a ride on the Segway Human Transporter, daily from 2-3 p.m. *Riders must be over 16 years old and weigh between 100 and 250 pounds*

Second Sundays are Free, Thanks to SBC
SBC and The Tech are offering free unlimited gallery admission to the community the second Sunday of every month. This is a great opportunity to explore the technologies impacting your life. Experience new exhibits like "NetPl@net," "Genetics: Technology with a Twist," and so much more! With interactive, hands-on exhibits and floor programming, there's something at The Tech to inspire the innovator in everyone.

Upcoming Free Days: June 12, July 10

Free Wireless Internet Access @ The Tech's Café Primavera
Grab a bite to eat and check your email at Café Primavera in The Tech's lobby. Hungry museum-goers, downtown workers and convention attendees can nosh on delicious sandwiches and healthy salads while getting the latest news on their laptops or PDAs.

MISSION STATEMENT: THE TECH MUSEUM OF INNOVATION
The Tech Museum of Innovation is a non-profit educational institution that engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the innovator in everyone. Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, at 201 S. Market Street. For more information, visit our website at www.thetech.org or call (408) 294-TECH. ###