There are probably few places in the world where one can reach the sheer level of geekiness that is possible in the Silicon Valley. As anyone who loves technology and new applications, there are few things that can top what you can see here. The Silicon Valley is the heart of America’s tech industry and there are museums in this area which pay tribute to that heritage. The Intel Museum and the Computer History Museum are among these. Some of these museums are synonymous with wonder and amazement.
The Tech Museum of Innovation is an example of a museum that educates about the present as much as it does about the past. Exhibits at this museum detail the history of computing and offer insight into the development of this now vital field of technology. There are fun exhibits that showcase the present and what the future holds for technology. Exhibits include Space Junk, the debris left by spacecraft and astronauts, the Mad Scientist Laboratories which offer fun ways to get children involved in the world of science.
The University of California Observatories is the entity behind the Lick Observatory in California. This facility offers workshops and other programs which let children and adults experience the wonder of space. The Shane Dome is probably one of the observatory’s most distinctive structures. For 50 years this part of the Lick Observatory has been the place for scientists to probe the depths of space for new information and discover amazing new heavenly bodies. Silicon Valley’s association with technology and innovation makes it an ideal place to house one of the prime facilities for the observation of space. The observatory is one of the very best places to visit in California. Please check the Observatory's website for programs and special announcements.