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High Tech Silicon Valley Attractions

Where to find some of the most interesting high tech attractions in the Silicon Valley area of Northern California. Includes high tech museums, historic sites, company stores open to the public, and other microelectronics and scientific technology related attractions and visitor sites in the Santa Clara County and San Mateo County areas of the Santa Clara Valley. See also our free online Silicon_Valley_Travel_Guide.
Silicon Valley Attractions: Computer History Museum
Photo Credit: Joe Toscano, Cognitive Scientist

High Tech Museums in the Silicon Valley:

Computer History Museum
Museum founded in 1996 to preserve, protect, and present stories and artifacts related to the computer revolution and the period sometimes referred to as the "information age". Located at 1401 North Shoreline Boulevard in Mountain View. For more information contact 650-810-1010.

Tech Museum of Innovation
Hands-on technology and science museum for visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Features several topic-specific exhibit galleries and an IMAX theater. Located at 201 South Market Street in San Jose. For operating hours and other information call 408-294-8324.

Intel Museum
Museum featuring exhibits related to the history of the Intel company, its products, and semiconductor technology in general. First opened to the public in 1992 and significantly expanded in 1999. Located on the grounds of Intel's headquarters at 2200 Mission College Boulevard in Santa Clara. For operating hours and other information call 408-765-0503.

NASA Ames Exploration Center
Science museum and education center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Features displays and interactive exhibits related to NASA's space missions, including moon rocks, meteorites, and other geologic samples. Also has a theater showing film footage of NASA's space exploration missions. Located at Moffett Field in Mountain View, near the intersection of Highway 101 and Moffett Boulevard (aka NASA Parkway). For operating hours or other information call 650-604-6274.

High Tech Tours in the Silicon Valley:

SLAC Accelerator Laboratory Tours
Tours of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's 2 mile long linear accelerator are offered several times a month for visitors age 12 and above. Visitors between 12 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory was originally known as the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. The main entrance to SLAC is located on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, just east of Interstate Highway 280, about three miles west of Stanford University.

Historic Sites in the Silicon Valley:

Hewlett Packard Garage
This garage at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto is sometimes referred to as the "birthplace of Silicon Valley" because it was the site college friends Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard used as their research lab, development workshop, and manufacturing facility for the products made by Hewlett-Packard, the company they founded in 1939.

Shockley Semiconductor Labs Memorial Sign
Wikipedia article and photograph of a sign commemorating the former location of the Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory, the first company to work on semiconductor devices in the Santa Clara Valley region that later became known as the Silicon Valley. Shockley Transistor Company founder, physicist William Shockley (1910-1989), opened the Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory in Mountain View in 1956.

Other High Tech Silicon Valley Attractions:

Apple World Headquarters Company Store
This is not a shop that sells iPods iPhones, personal computers or other Apple electronics, it is the original Apple employee store that sells Apple logo products such as t-shirts, caps, mugs, and other accessories. Open to the public and located at One Infinite Loops in Cupertino. For operating hours and other information call 408-974-5050.

Google Online Company Store
Last I heard, there was no physical company store opened to the public at the Google World Headquarters campus in Mountain View (aka the GooglePlex) but they do have an online store where Google logo merchandise can be purchased.

All Types of Silicon Valley Attractions:

Directories of Silicon Valley Attractions
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- Wikipedia "Silicon Valley Attractions" List

Santa Clara County Travel Guide

South San Francisco Bay Area

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Northern California Travel Guide

See also
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