Tech Museum of Innovation
focuses on how technology works and the way it is changing every
aspect of our lives. Its people-and-technology focus and its integration
of advanced technologies into visitor experiences distinguishes
it from other science centers and engages visitors of all ages.
The Tech has become a landmark for those seeking a glimpse of the
most inventive place on earth, showcasing the latest high-tech gizmos
and gadgets that put Silicon Valley on the map.
The Tech is located
in downtown San Jose and is open daily from 10am to 5pm.
Computer History Museum
History Museum is dedicated to the preservation of computer
history. It is home to one of the largest collections of computing
artifacts in the world, comprising over 4,000 objects, 10,000 images,
4,000 linear feet of cataloged documentation, and gigabytes of software.
The museum is open Wednesdays & Fridays 1-4pm and Saturdays
11- 5pm. Tours are available, taking you through an exhibit that
spans from pre-computing to supercomputing, and reflects the astonishing
development in technology from gears to vacuum tubes to exotic semiconductors.
The tour lasts approximately one hour and features more than 450
artifacts, including the Honeywell "Kitchen Computer,"
the Cray 1, the Johnniac, and an Eniac rack. Reservations are recommended.
Please contact the museum by email or by calling (650) 810-1010.
The museum is located
in Mountain View, about 5 miles south of Palo Alto and Stanford
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC)
Founded in 1962, SLAC
occupies a 426-acre facility, which includes a two-mile accelerator,
and is operated by the university for the U.S. Department of Energy.
A visitor center is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm,
and offers displays on the laboratory's scientific programs, a brief
history of significant milestones, and construction photos.
SLAC is located
at 2575 Sand Hill Road, about 1 mile southwest of the campus. For
tour availability and reservations, please call (650) 926-2204.
For the architecturally inclined, a visit to Hanna
House is a must-see.
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the dwelling was commissioned in
the mid-1930s by Paul Hanna, a professor in Stanford's School of
Education. The resulting masterpiece is a glass-fronted collection
of hexagons whose honeycomb shapes are echoed in many of the home's
details, from the flooring to the bathroom tiles. A National Historic
Landmark, the house was named by the American Institute of Architects
as one of 17 buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright most worthy of preservation
and exemplifying his contribution to American culture.
Tours are available on the 1st and 3rd Sundays and 2nd and 4th
Thursdays of each month. Reservations are required; please call
Hanna House is located
at 737 Frenchman's Road (off Mayfield Avenue on the southeast side