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Major grant to help fund new The Tech Museum "Smart Museum" initiative

Press Release Date 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

SAN JOSE, SILICON VALLEY, Calif., Wednesday December 14 - The Tech Museum's plan to track visitor engagement, personalize it and extend the learning experience beyond the museum's walls got a major financial boost from Wednesday to move ahead with the unique, industry-wide initiative.

Thanks, in part, to a $750,000 grant from, The Tech Museum will continue its evolution toward becoming a so-called "Smart Museum." Under the ambitious plan, the museum will:

  • Measure the impact of our exhibits and programs;

  • Improve our guests' science, technology, engineering and math learning and enhance personalized experiences with exhibits, programs and virtual learning activities; and

  • Share innovations and best practices via our open-source online community, The Tech Virtual, and our prototype gallery, The Tech Test Zone.

"This first-ever grant to The Tech Museum from will help us to reach our goal to be a world-leading science and technology institution, one where we are committed daily to creating profound experiences, provoking thought and inspiring action," said Tim Ritchie, museum president. "Thanks to key funding from, we've taken a huge step in that direction."

The Tech Museum is working with two key partners in addition to on the Smart Museum initiative, Accenture and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

The Tech Museum is one of several dozen organizations receiving grants from at the end of 2011. The grant is part of over $100 million in total charitable giving from Google this year.

Roqua Montez
Director of Public Relations

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