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Apple Store

Apple Store

Westfield Valley Fair Level 1 (Near Nordstrom's)
2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 2178
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Times

Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Apple Computer ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970’s with the Apple II, and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980’s with the Macintosh. Apple is now committed to its original mission — to bring the best personal computing products and supports to students, educators, designers, scientists, engineers, business persons, and consumers in over 140 countries around the world. The Apple Store is open to the public, offering the newest Apple products.


Computer History Museum of Silicon Valley

Computer History Museum

1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, Ca 94043

Times

Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wednesdays - Sundays
Admission: Adults: $15.00; Students, Seniors, Active Military: $12.00
Children 12 and younger free.

After undergoing a $19 million dollar makeover, museum visitors now make there way through a 25,000 foot gallery displaying 1,100 artifacts that tell the story of computing from the ancient abacus to the dawn of the tablet computing era. Separate alcover provide the stories of mainframe computers, personal computers, gaming, storage, artificial intelligence and the Internet, among others.

Special tour times available by request Reservations are recommended for all tours. To schedule a tour, call us and Press 2 or email tours@computerhistory.org.


Silicon Valley Android Statues

Google Android Statues

1911 Landings Drive
Mountain View, CA 94043

Times

Admission is free.

The Android statues are a series of large plastic statues near the Googleplex (Google’s headquarters) in Mountain View, California. They are based on the code names for versions of Google’s Android mobile operating system, which are named after desserts. They are located next to the Google Visitor Center Beta which is open to Google employees and their guests ONLY. The Android statues remain a tourist attraction where visitors are encouraged to come take photos.


Group Tours in Silicon Valley

Intel Museum

2200 Mission College Blvd.
Robert Noyce Building
Santa Clara, Ca 95052

Times

museum@intel.com
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: FREE
Tour Length: Self-paced, 1-2 hours

The Intel Corporation, founded in 1968, is the world’s largest chipmaker. Today, hundreds of millions of personal computers are powered by Intel processors, making the Intel Inside® logo one of the most recognizable logos in the world.

The Intel Museum introduces visitors to the micro-miniature world of computer chips. Using hands-on exhibits, visitors learn the differences among various types of chips, see how they are constructed, and explore how they are used in products that fill our everyday world. New exhibits appear frequently so repeat visitors keep abreast of fast-changing technology. Visitors can also visit the Intel Museum Store to shop for unique “only in Silicon Valley” clothing, jewelry, and souvenirs.


Silicon Valley NASA Center

NASA Ames Exploration Center

Moffett Field
Mountain View, CA 94035
Ames Visitors Center

Times

Wednesday through Friday - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday - Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Admission: FREE

The facility boasts the largest Immersive Theater on the West Coast, presenting panoramic views of Mars and Saturn’s rings on a curved 40-foot wide screen. Martian images taken as recently as a few weeks ago are featured. New images taken by the Cassini mission of Saturn can also be viewed. The newly installed “Edgarville” interactive display allows users to manage air traffic at a fictional airport.

Just arrived from Kennedy Space Center is a Mercury capsule that was used in an actual space mission. Various space suits, both historical and futuristic, are on display. Of course, the personal rovers are still available to be driven by visitors of all ages (in a down-sized mock Martian landscape) and the Mars mission planning tool board developed by Ames is up and running. Located 10 miles north of Santa Clara off US-101 at Moffett Boulevard.


Stanford University in California

Stanford University

Times

Small Group Tours: 9:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m.
On Select Weekdays: 3:30 p.m. (subject to change)

Also, tours for individuals and small groups of less than 9 are FREE. The small group tours are offered 9:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m. Occasional availability on select weekdays at 3:30 p.m. (subject to change). All tours meet at the Visitors Center at 295 Galvez at the corner of Galvez and Campus Drive in front of the Stanford track.
Tour Length: 1 hour

Stanford University’s Visitor Information Services welcomes more than 150,000 visitors to campus annually and provides information about the university and surrounding area. Student guides who are well versed in the university’s founding and history, academic offerings, and student life lead free one-hour walking tours. The tours include the Main Quad, Memorial Church, science and engineering buildings, White Plaza, the Stanford Bookstore, and the libraries. Located off El Camino Real and Embarcadero Road. From Highway 101, take the Embarcadero Road West exit. Follow Embarcadero Road for 3 miles to the campus entrance.


Tech Museum of Silicon Valley

TECH Museum

201 So. Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113-2008

Times

Daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ticket Type Adult Student/Senior 65+ Child (3-17)
Museum Galleries Only $24.00 $19.00 $19.00
Educational IMAX Film $10.00 $8.00 $8.00
Museum & IMAX* Combo $29.00 $23.00 $23.00

Ticket Information and Prices
Tour Length: Self-paced 2-4 hours
IMAX movie approx. 45 minutes

Only in Silicon Valley can you find The Tech Museum of Innovation. A place celebrating human ingenuity and the spirit of the possible. A place that’s about real stuff. A place that’s fun for all ages, putting you in touch with technology as you’ve never experienced it: hands-on, minds-on, in your face, up-close, and fascinating. The Tech features five galleries with awesome interactive exhibits, the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theatre, a cafe, and a gift store. Located just minutes from Santa Clara in downtown San Jose at the corner of Park and Market Street. Accessible via I-280 and 87.


Technical Special Events


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Physics, Science and Math Days

California's Great America
Off I-101 at Great America Parkway

A mix of hands-on experimentation, and hands-in-the-air fun turns Northern California’s largest family entertainment center into the area’s largest hands-on learning lab. Physics, Math and Science Days offer elementary, middle, and high-school students the chance to discover the “thrill” of learning as they apply scientific and mathematical principles to the real-world rides and attractions at California’s Great America.

The Park offers the only exclusive, students-only Physics, Science & Math Day at any theme park in California. For over 20 years California’s Great America has been thrilling students and teachers alike with hands on learning that bring the concepts of the classroom to life in our 100-acre theme park Students from all over California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Canada have benefited from this unique program.



Computer Stores


Fry’s Electronics

1077 E. Arques Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Microsoft Store

Westfield Valley Fair
2855 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95050