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Our Story

Our Origin

The idea for The Tech Museum of Innovation was little more than a dream back in 1978 when the Junior League of Palo Alto - and later the Junior League of San Jose - struck upon a grand plan to create a dynamic learning center devoted to science and technology. Twelve years later, "The Garage" swung open its doors at downtown San Jose's former convention center on San Carlos Street and quickly became a valuable educational resource for children and young adults. Just eight years later, The Tech moved into a bigger, dazzling 132,000-square-foot mango-and-azure-colored domed building, unlike any other in the Silicon Valley or the world. The Tech has become a landmark for visitors seeking a glimpse of the most inventive place on Earth -- Silicon Valley.

Our Impact



Our Vision


Imagine a new generation of science centers.
Tech 3.0, our museum’s campaign to reimagine itself, holds the promise of ushering in an entirely new kind of museum. This new Tech will become a living resource for innovation.  People who walk through our doors will find the tools, spaces, and inspiration that they need to unleash the innovator in them.