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Factsheet

Mission

Our mission is to inspire the innovator in everyone.

Exhibits and Galleries

  • Hundreds of exhibits, many of which are original or custom made
  • Hands-on interactive exhibits explore genetics with our partners from the Department of Genetics at Stanford University, space exploration with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, clean energy, biotechnology and other sciences and technologies
  • New galleries include: The Tech Silicon Valley Innovation Gallery including Microchips: The Heart of the Revolution, The Tech Innovation at Play, The Tech Awards Gallery.
  • Each year The Tech Museum of Innovation plays host to traveling exhibitions such as"BODY WORLDS 2 and The Three Pound Gem" , "Leonardo: 500 Years into the Future", "Star Trek: The Exhibition", "Genghis Khan", "BODY WORLDS Vital", "Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered", and  "MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition".
  • Popular permanent exhibits and galleries include: Genetics: Technology with a Twist; Exploration, Earthquake platform, and Jet Pack Simulator.

Signature Programs

  • The Tech Awards - The international awards program honors brilliant innovators from around the world who apply technology to benefit humanity
  • The Tech Challenge - The annual team design challenge for youth in grades 5 through 12 reinforces the scientific and engineering process with a hands-on project to solve a real-world problem
  • Free Field Trips for California K-12 students feature standards curriculum for schools and after-school programs
  • The Tech Summer Camps - the ultimate camp experience for aspiring scientists, engineers, and inventors, operated by Galileo Learning, offers 4th-8th graders hands-on science and technology classes, high-quality lab facilities, teamwork exercises, and fun in the best camp traditions

Learning

Outreach

  • Family Math and Engineering  - a bilingual math & science program geared toward Hispanic communities. Classes engage youth and their families and make learning a multi-generational experience

Visitors

  • More than 6.5 million visitors since opening new facility in 1998
  • Approximately 400,000 visitors per year
  • Over 120,000 visitors came from California school groups, of which nearly 60,000 were from Title 1 schools

Budget & Staff

  • Total annual operating budget - $11 million
  • 129 total employees
  • More than 350 volunteers

Facilities

  • Total project cost - $113 million; $49 million from the Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Jose; $32 million raised through The Tech Capital Campaign; $32 million in equipment and services from more than 500 companies
  • Museum design architect is Ricardo Legorreta of Mexico City. The Steinberg Group of San Jose, CA, served as executive architects
  • 132,000-square-foot, three-level azure- and mango-colored building
  • 185-kilowatt photovoltaic solar panel system atop roof of Parkside Hall, supplementing energy supply by nearly 10 percent
  • 2,000-square-foot store stocked with gift items, gadgets and books
  • 80-seat Café
  • 280-seats in The Hackworth IMAX DomeTheater, one of the top 10 attended in the United States. The theater houses a 9,000-square-foot perforated aluminum screen and a 13,000 watt, 6 channel, all digital surround-sound system
  • 45-foot cylindrical art piece, "Origin," designed by Beliz Brother, Brad Goldberg and Joseph McShane, stands in the museum's south atrium
  • A 16-foot-tall, 12-foot-long audio kinetic sculpture, "Science on a Roll," by George Rhoads stands at the museum's Park Avenue entrance

History

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 San Jose Junior League - 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.