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180 Woz Way San Jose, CA 95110
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Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose in San Jose
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose (CDM) is located on Woz Way in downtown San Jose, California. Woz Way is named after Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, whose nickname is "Woz," and who was the single largest private donor during the original capital campaign that funded the Museum.

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose has been ranked by Child Magazine as one of the top 10 children’s museums in the U.S. and ranked by the London Observer as one of the top 5 science centers in the world.

The Museum opened its doors in 1990, and over 3 million visitors have attended. The Museum builds and displays interactive exhibits that they believe respond to children's diverse educational needs. The 52,000-square-foot purple building was designed by Mexico City-based architect Ricardo Legorreta.

The Museum’s signature programs such as BioSITE and Discovery Youth encompass the broad themes of community, connections and creativity. These programs are intended to provide facilitated, focused, and sustained learning. The Museum’s goal is to create interactive exhibits the invite self-directed, open-ended explorations.

In a redevelopment plan released in November 2008, the city of San José has stated its intentions to put forth five million dollars in funds, which will allow the museum to expand by 2013. Plans are to add a new baby mammoth exhibit.

Museum Mission

The purpose of Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose is to serve the needs of children, families and schools as a center for learning and discovery. For children, it is first and foremost a place to call their own, offering interactive exhibits and programs in a warm and inviting setting. Its educational mission encompasses the themes of Connections, Community, and Creativity. In its unique environment, children actively make connections among ideas, people and cultures. The Museum's programs also encourage children to define their role in and contribution to both local and global communities. Finally, as a center for creative play and expression, Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose provides opportunities for all of us to discover the world through the eyes of our children.

Museum Hours

Tuesday through Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

Members' Hour
Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Special Holiday Hours - Museum Open

Friday, November 26th, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, December 20th, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, December 27th, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, December 31st, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 1st, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Museum Closed

Thursday, November 25th
Friday, December 24th
Saturday, December 25th

Admission Price

Prices for Individuals and Families
Adult 18-59 years $10.00
Child 1-17 years $10.00
Senior 60+ years $9.00
Infant under 1 year Free

For more information, please call (408) 298-5437 ext. 259 or e-mail at
180 Woz Way San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: 408-298-5437
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