Located in Downtown San Jose, the Children's Museum is a cultural institution that opened in 1990. It was designed by the Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. With the mission to serve the needs of children as a center for learning and discovery, this museum displays interactive exhibits and programs that emphasize hands-on experiences.
Exhibits include Bill's Backyard: Bridge to Nature (an outdoor space), Mammoth Discovery! (an exhibit about paleontology, geology, and the scientific method); and Waterways, where children interact with a water vortex, experiencing fluid pressure and flow. The Wonder Cabinet is a great spot for toddlers because they can see puppet shows. The Sand Laboratory is also an interactive place for kids to discover new things through a kaleidoscope. The Paint Wall is for all of those that love art and creativity. Brushes and pots are available to use at any time. Also, the museum offers different programs that highlight healthy nutrition and environmental education through physical activities. There is a theater with interactive performances and workshops that encourage kids to explore different ways to communicate.
Open from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 5 pm on Sunday, this museum offers unique experiences for parents and kids while they get to experiment with the disciplines of art, science, and the humanities. The Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose has been ranked as one of the 10 best children's museums in the United States by Child Magazine, attracting more and more tourists every year.
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