The Tech Interactive 201 South Market Street • San Jose • California 95113


The Tech Interactive

201 South Market Street
San Jose, California 95113
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Why You'll Love This Place

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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, the IMAX Dome Theater, and the Rooftop Terrace with stunning views. 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: There’s Social Robots, where you get to build (and accessorize) your own robot; the award-winning Body Motion exhibit, where you can explore how your movement and interactions with others affect your physical, social, and emotional health; and the world’s first interactive exhibit on bioengineering, BioDesign Studio, where guests use biology as technology to make colorful mixes of DNA and bricks out of mushrooms. Reboot Reality allows guests to play in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, including an experience where they fly over New York City. Body Worlds Decoded also incorporates an Augmented Reality experience—with real human bodies—that you won’t find anywhere else.

In addition to these extraordinary galleries, The Tech has one more cutting-edge gem that will dazzle you and your guests: the IMAX Dome Theater. Renovated in 2018, it’s now the first laser IMAX dome in the world and the only dome in 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, or get a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space in Beautiful Planet.

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.

Deals

• Mention Here Comes The Guide when you schedule your site visit and receive two complimentary IMAX Theater vouchers.
• Book your event at The Tech and receive 10% off your rental fee.

Prices: What's this going to cost?


Rental Fee
  • $500–12,500/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Space reserved
  • Fees are based on a 4-hour time period; for longer events, there will be an extra hourly charge.

    Exclusive use of the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater can be arranged at an additional cost.

Meals (when priced separately)
  • $20/person and up
Additional Info
  • A refundable $1,000–2,500 security/cleaning deposit is additional.

Capacity

Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 400 200
Cocktails, etc. Standing 2500 0
Reception Seated 500 0
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 400.

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The New Venture Hall holds up to 400 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.


Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • All-Inclusive
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night

Essential Info

Price

$ • $$

Catering

In-house
Preferred list

Alcohol

In-house

Amplified Music

Indoors

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible

Availability

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

Venue Type

Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:

  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • Conference Center
  • Museum
  • Unique
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Penthouse / Rooftop

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Cityscape
  • Panoramic

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: 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
View: cityscape from Rooftop Terrace
Other: on-site coordinator

Restrictions

But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: in-house
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: certificate required


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Alternate Info: Tech Museum of Innovation The Tech