Who does not likes going to a museum? You can see a wide range of collections for different kinds of things that would help you to get a glimpse of past art, culture, technology, etc. These artifacts are put to display for the visitors in a museum so that they not only get to know about different objects but also can read about their history and origin. So that you do not miss out on any such fabulous place, we are listing below the best museums in San Jose that you should definitely not miss out on, especially if you are on solo traveling!!
Children’s Discovery Museum–
this museum is located in downtown San Jose, California at Woz Way. Being ranked by the Children’s magazine for being one of the top 10 children’s museums in the United States, this is undoubtedly one of the best museums as it is also ranked among the top 5 best science centers in the globe by London Observer. This museum mainly exhibits all the educational and scientific aspects of a child’s educational needs and is spread over an area of 52000 square feet or 4800 m2.
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum–
This museum which has its theme based on Ancient Egypt Architecture is located in the neighborhood of Rose Garden in San Jose, California. This museum was established in 1927 and has the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in the United States. It is a perfect escape from your daily hectic schedule with its wonderful landscape, brilliant architecture, and calm surroundings. Anyone who loves art and wants to experience Egypt without going there, should definitely come and visit the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum.
The Tech Museum of Innovation–
Also known as The Tech, this is one of the most popular San Jose Museums. Located in the Silicon Valley of San Jose in California, this is one of the most premium museums in the United States. With its customization and a wide range of media for different viewing gallery, the tech definitely serves the purpose of learning with entertainment. The special offering by this place includes interactive exhibits where you can build or design robots. This place is also equipped with an IMAX dome theatre which can accommodate up to 280 people.
San Jose Museum of Art–
as the name suggests, this is an art museum which is located in downtown San Jose. The main collection of this museum includes art exhibits from the 20th and 21st centuries. The focus of the art in this museum includes paintings, sculptures, digital media, prints, drawings, and photographs. There are more than 2000 artifacts as a whole. This wonderful museum won the award of the best museum in the extended experience category given by the American Alliance of Museum Technology committee. It also won the MUSE award in the year 2009.
Japanese American Resource Center/Museum–
Having been located at the heart of Japantown in San Jose, this museum has a huge collection of Japanese American artifacts. The main objective of this unique museum includes collecting and preserving a piece of culture that mainly focuses on the Greater San Francisco Bay area. This place which is popularly known as JAMsj or Japanese American Resource Center/Museum of San Jose was established in 1987.
New Almaden Mercury Mining Museum–
New Almaden is a quicksilver mine located in Santa Clara County in California. Being one of the oldest and high in productivity mines, this is spread in an area of 12.95 square kilometers. This unique place is undoubtedly one of its kind and tracing the quicksilver history throughout the stretch of this museum seems to be really interesting with the focus being mainly on cinnabar mining.
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles–
founded in 1977, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is located in Downtown San Jose of California. The main attraction of this museum includes quilts, ethnic textiles, garments, and books related to the same as well. The main collection emphasizes the artifacts from the 20th and 21st centuries. The contents of this museum include various textiles that have been made using new-age technologies as well as age-old traditional methods. This museum has been relocated several times to finally settle into this 13000 square feet place where it is today. It is the best trip for student travel because it all relates to high educations and will help you to gain extra knowledge!!
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art–
this art museum was found in 1980 and is located in Downtown San Jose. Being a non-profit organization, the San Jose ICA is a contemporary, sleek, and modern museum for all ages. Compared to the other museum this place is comparatively much smaller but that does not compromise on the art that it displays. This place mainly exhibits a temporary piece of art and before visiting the place you can go through their website to see the current events going on there.
American Firearms Museum–
this unique and innovative firearms museum exhibits firearms throughout its origin and development period. This place has a unique collection of firearms that are otherwise very hard to find. The firearms collection includes arms for shooting competition, personal defense, hunting, police works, and recreational shooting. There are many famous firearms that are put to display and you would be able to read about them through the detailed history that is shared beside each arm. The NRA Museum Division that guides the museum also publishes many books about firearms and featured in many famous TV shows like “NRA Gun Gurus”, “Gun Stories” etc.
California Trolley and Railroad Corporation–
this is a rich display of rail transportation in the Santa Clara Valley. This unique place which was established in 1982 serves both the purpose of recreation as well as educating people about the railways. If you are interested in knowing the history of rail transportation in the United States, you would absolutely love this place. With a vintage collection of engines and railway coupes from the past, it will take you on a journey that you have only dreamt about.
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