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The Tech Museum of Innovation

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201 South Market Street
San Jose, California 95113

Contact: Maureen Langan
Phone: 408/795-6221
www.thetech.org
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Why We Like This Place

All you people who yawn at the prospect of going to a museum listen up: The Tech is not just a museum, it’s an adventure. In fact, The Tech may be the most exciting thing to happen to the South Bay in years.

Located in downtown San Jose, facing Plaza de Cesar Chavez and just across from the Fairmont Hotel, this bright mango building houses 300 high-tech interactive exhibits that will energize the most jaded visitor. And wonder of wonders!—if you host an event here, the exhibits are available for your guests’ enjoyment.

Events are held in the museum lobby, the exhibit galleries, and the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater. You can reserve any combination of spaces or rent the entire museum. The lobby is a fantastic place for a large party. It’s a three-level atrium with a 45-foot cylindrical tower rising up through it and, when used in conjunction with the adjacent New Venture Hall, it can accommodate 500 for a sit-down dinner.

The galleries lend themselves to standing receptions. They’re thoroughly modern, displaying a mix of steel, glass and plastic, with walls and ceilings painted in jewel shades of purple, yellow and blue. Each gallery has a different theme. The Silicon Valley Innovation Gallery shows how Silicon Valley technologies are revolutionizing human thought, creativity and communication. At Reface, you can combine your image with that of other visitors in ways that are often funny and sometimes strange, or experiment with a revolutionary electronic musical instrument that lets you create music from different cultures using cubes and pucks. The Exploration Gallery gives you the opportunity to go places you’ve only been able to imagine: Step onto the Shake Platform to experience an earthquake, or feel just like an astronaut on the Jet Pack Chair. In The Tech Energy Gallery, you can harness sun, wind and water power to make the Power Tower glow, while View From Space lets you watch hurricanes form or see the spread of an El Niño event over a globe almost six feet in diameter.

In addition to these extraordinary galleries, The Tech has one more cutting-edge gem that will dazzle you and your guests: the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater. The only one of its kind in Northern California, it features a giant hemispherical screen whose image dwarfs that of a conventional theater and puts the audience in the center of the action. Outfitted with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, the theater can be reserved exclusively for a performance or presentation, but we recommend you also use it for viewing an IMAX film. Experience rafting down the world’s deadliest river, traveling to the Red Planet, a spellbinding climb up sheer vertical walls to the summit of Everest or the adventure, drama and emotion of some of your favorite Hollywood movies.

The Tech aims to inspire the innovator in everyone; yet, even if you don’t come away wanting to be a scientist when you grow up, you’ll have to admit that this place makes traditional meeting rooms and party themes feel obsolete. Part of the next generation of museums, The Tech triumphs at making science, math and technology not only accessible, but positively fun.

Capacity

Ceremony

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 300
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 150

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 500
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 2500
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 0

Meetings

  • Max. Seated: 400

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The New Venture Hall can accommodate up to 300 seated indoors, and the Rooftop Terrace holds 150 seated outdoors.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Tech can accommodate 500 seated guests or 2,500 standing.

MEETING CAPACITY: The Large Group Meeting Room holds up to 65 seated guests, and the New Venture Hall, 400 seated guests. The Noyce Center for Learning holds a maximum of 125 seated guests and can be divided into three separate meeting rooms.

Fees & Deposits

50% of the rental fee is the deposit required to secure your date, along with a $1,000–2,500 security/cleaning deposit. The rental fee ranges $500–12,500 depending on the space(s) used. Exclusive use of the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater can be arranged at an additional cost. Fees are based on a 4-hour time period. An additional 30% per hour will be charged after the first 4 hours. Meals start at $20/person. Tax, alcohol and service charge are additional.

Location Uses

Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners

Services/Amenities

Catering: provided, or select from list
Kitchen Facilities: prep only
Tables & Chairs: BYO or through caterer
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: CBA
Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra charge
Parking: Convention Center garage, nearby lots
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: pay phone
Outdoor Night Lighting: no
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: through caterer
View: no
Other: on-site coordinator

Site Views

No View

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Museum

Restrictions

Alcohol: provided
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: certificate required

Some Essential Info
Catering

Provided
Choose From List

Alcohol

Provided

Amplified Music

Indoors

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible

Availability

Year-round, daily, 6pm–midnight. Closed Christmas Day.



Alternate Info: Tech Museum of Innovation The Tech