Things You Can Do in San Jose
The old song asks, “do you know the way to San Jose?” We know that you won’t have any problems finding the beautiful California city near Silicon Valley. But you may have a hard time narrowing down what to do there once you arrive.
Here are what your favorite review websites say are the top attractions in this California community.
Winchester Mystery House
While you are in San Jose, you have to visit the Winchester Mystery House. This mansion was the home to the family who owned the Winchester Rifle Company. Sarah Winchester, the surviving member of the family, was afraid that the spirits of those who were killed by Winchester rifles would haunt her. This fear, plus the fact that she had an eccentric personality, caused her to make unique additions to the sprawling home.
The home is known for having a stairway that leads to nowhere, windows that look into other rooms, and lots of interesting symbolism embedded in the design of the house. Winchester’s eccentric designs were further complicated when she asked workers to alter the house to accommodate her petite frame and physical disability.
This is a top-rated attraction in San Jose. You may consider purchasing tickets online as far ahead as possible. Take time to stroll through the surrounding gardens as well.
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum holds the most extensive collection of Egyptian artifacts in the western part of the United States. The collection began with the purchase of one piece — a lion goddess statue that lived on the desk of H. Spencer Lewis. This piece expanded into a whole collection when a local group funded the excavation of the Egyptian city of Akhetaten.
Throughout the decades, the collection outgrew its original space. It can now be found in the beautiful pillared building that holds the collection today.
Visitors to the museum were impressed with the child-friendly interactive exhibits as well as the replica of the Egyptian tomb that, of course, holds a real mummy.
Similar to when you visit the Winchester House, make sure you save enough time to tour the beautifully manicured grounds around the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum.
San Jose Museum of Art
It won’t take long to go through the San Jose Museum of Art. Reviewers say to plan less than an hour to explore this collection, which includes mainly modern pieces.
The museum recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, and it is housed in the former San Jose library and post office.
The Tech Interactive
It only makes sense that there is a museum to celebrate technology so close to Silicon Valley. This extremely interactive museum is child friendly. In fact, the displays are geared toward children.
The Tech Interactive museum includes an IMAX museum as well as a BioDesign Studio, and exhibits on Body Motion, Cyber Detectives, Robots, and Healthcare Innovations.
If your visit to San Jose has recently been postponed because of COVID-19, check out the webpages of the previously-listed museums. Many are offering free virtual tours of their facilities or free educational materials that parents and teachers can use for homeschooling.