Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in San Jose.



The Computer History Museum is dedicated to preserving the artifacts and history of the devices that brought about the modern Information Age. On display are all types of computers spanning the first generation behemoths to new streamlined...  Read More

Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies and Museum


The Center for Beethoven Studies finds its home on the campus of San Jose State University. If you are an aficionado of classical music, especially that of the great German composer, then this museum is a definite "must see." Included in the...  Read More

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose


The Children's Museum, a contemporary structure whose purple façade is fairly easy to spot, was designed with three concepts in mind: Community, Connections and Creativity. Indeed, kids – and their parents – are invited to participate in...  Read More

Triton Museum of Art


Originally founded in San Jose in 1965, the Triton moved to Santa Clara shortly after its opening. The museum, as always, showcases modern art from the Valley and the Bay areas and hosts several international exhibits each year, along with...  Read More

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles


San Jose is home to the oldest quilt museum in the United States, and the unique facility hosts ever-changing exhibitions of textile arts from around the world. In fact, if you visit expecting to see only a collection of traditional quilts,...  Read More

History Park at Kelley Park


This open-air museum focuses on the history of the city and the Valley. Within its approximately 25 acres are a replica of San Jose's original Main Street, a fire station, and an old-fashioned ice-cream parlor. You can also visit a hotel, print...  Read More



This marvelous art museum focuses on contemporary California art. The museum's collection includes paintings, photography, glasswork, and sculptures. Special exhibits by the likes of Dale Chihuly, whose chandeliers adorn the museum's main...  Read More



The noisy Tech Museum of Innovation, located on the Cesar Chavez Plaza, isn't too hard to find for its bright orange exterior tends to capture the eye. This is a great place for kids to be kids and adults to follow suit. Here, you can hop behind...  Read More



If you're entranced by the culture, technology, and philosophy of ancient peoples, you'll definitely want to visit this museum, which boasts one of California's most extensive collections of ancient Egyptian art and artifacts. Tour a replica of...  Read More

Intel Museum


The Intel Museum, despite its modest size, is an interesting place for adults and children of all ages. At this museum, you can learn a little about the history of both the Intel Corporation and Silicon Valley as a whole, including an...  Read More