Tech Museum of Innovation

The Tech Museum of Innovation, in downtown San Jose, is all about innovation, of course, with more than 240 science and technology exhibits and galleries. It’s a hands-on experience of interest to people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum — located in the capital of Silicon Valley — is a non-profit learning resource established to “inspire the innovator in everyone.” Could that be you?

The current best ticket deal for The Tech Museum of Innovation is half price for general admission, available now via one of the top ticket discount sources. You have several ways to save, though, including AAA, military, senior, child and student discounts, a library pass deal, and a membership deal. No coupon or promo code needed for any of these offers. The Tech Museum also offers free general admission on certain days. Follow the links below to the source of each offer.

Tech Museum Discounts + Free Days

DEAL: The Tech Museum of Innovation Discount Tickets 50% Off — $7.50 – $10 (reg. $16 – $21) plus processing fee. This tickets are valid for use any day and is for the museum galleries only. The offer will sell out fast, but they may add more so I’ll leave it here.

MEMBERSHIP DEAL: The Tech Museum Membership Discount 45% Off — If you’re planning to go a few times during the year, this discount membership is a great value. Choices — $29 for a one-year individual membership ($50 value); or $69 for a one-year family membership ($125 value). Offered on this Groupon page for a short time only, but you can see all the benefits for members listed on The Tech’s own membership page. SAVVY TIP: The Tech Museum belongs to the ASTC (Association of Science – Technology Centers) Passport Program, which means if you’re a member you’ll get reciprocal free or discounted admission at many other Science and Technology museums.

FREE DAYS: Tech Museum Free Days — BofA Cardholders get FREE general admission for one on the first full weekend of every month, as part of the Bank of America “Museums On Us” promo. (Special exhibits are extra.)

LAST HOUR DISCOUNT: Get there less than an hour before closing and they’ll give you a small break on general museum tickets (not sure how much so if you go, let us know). This does not apply to IMAX movies or traveling exhibitions.

OTHER WAYS TO SAVE: The Tech offers $2 to $3 of for members of the military, AAA and the Library’s Discover & Go program BUT only on their combo passes (general admission + educational IMAX film).

  • AAA Member Discount: With your AAA membership you can save $3/adults or $2/ kids/students/seniors (ages 3-17 and 65+) on a combination ticket with educational IMAX film. Discount does not apply to a general museum ticket without IMAX or with a featured film IMAX combo. Show your card at the box office.
  • Military Discount: The Tech Museum of Innovation offers a $3 discount ($2 off child/student/senior tickets) to active duty and veteran US Military and families — 1 free combo ticket (one general museum admission with one educational IMAX film). Show your active military ID or veteran ID at the ticket counter to redeem this discount.
  • Library Pass: The Tech Museum, in collaboration with the Public Libraries systems, offers discounted admission for library cardholders — $3 off an adult combo ticket (one general museum admission + educational IMAX film), or $2 off child/student/senior combo tickets for up to six people (not valid for a general museum ticket without educational IMAX film). Ask you library about getting this pass, or go to for more online information.

WHEN: Museum operating hours are 10am – 5pm, Mon-Sun. Open holiday Mondays. Closed: 4 days in September, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

The Tech Museum of InnovationWHERE: The Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 South Market Street, San Jose CA 95113. The museum is located in downtown San Jose, CA at the corner of Park Avenue and Market Street, near Interstate 280 and Highway 87.

SAVVY TIP: You can get your parking ticket validated by the museum for discounted parking at the Second and San Carlos Street Garage, and at the Convention Center garage. Some public downtown parking lots are free on weekends before 6pm.

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  1. Cathy C says

    AAA and the library Discover and Go program gives only a $3 discount on a combo pass (admission + iMAX). The gallery only tickets are not discounted with these programs.

    • says

      Thanks for the heads-up Cathy. Thanks to your comment I took the time to research and update all the offers, including AAA, and Library deals, and added the military discount and a few other bits of info.

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