San Jose, California 95113
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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: In Social Robots, you get to build (and accessorize) your own robot. At the award-winning Body Metrics exhibit, visitors can check out wearable sensor kits and track and manipulate their own biometric data. The world's first interactive exhibit on bioengineering, BioDesign Studio, lets guests use biology as technology to make colorful mixes of DNA and bricks out of mushrooms. Favorites like the Jet Pack Chair and the Earthquake Shake Platform are always crowd-pleasers.
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: Take the ultimate off-trail adventure into America's great outdoors in National Parks Adventure. Get a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space in Beautiful Planet, or learn about the profound ways aviation has transformed our lives in Living in the Age of Airplanes.
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.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 300
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 200
- Max. Seated Indoors: 500
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 2500
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 0
- Max. Seated: 400
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The New Venture Hall holds up to 300 seated indoors, and the Rooftop Terrace holds 200 seated outdoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Tech can accommodate 500 seated or 2,500 standing guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Large Group Meeting Room holds up to 65 seated guests, and the New Venture Hall, 400 seated. The Noyce Center for Learning seats a maximum of 125 and can be divided into three separate meeting rooms that can be configured to seat 24–60 people.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
50% of the rental fee and a $1,000–2,500 security/cleaning deposit are required to secure your date. The rental fee ranges $500–12,500 depending on the space(s) reserved. Exclusive use of the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater can be arranged at an additional cost. Fees are based on a 4-hour time period; for longer events, there will be an extra hourly charge. Meals start at $20/person. Tax, alcohol and service charge are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Services/AmenitiesCatering: in-house, 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
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra charge
Parking: Convention Center garage, nearby lots
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: no
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: through caterer
Other: on-site coordinator
Venue ViewsNo View
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: certificate required
Alternate Info: Tech Museum of Innovation The Tech