Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose (CDM) is a Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay Area cultural institution serving children, families, and schools. Children’s Discovery Museum, a member of the Association of Children’s Museums and the Association of Science-Technology Centers, is located on Woz Way in downtown San Jose, California. The street is called after Woz, the nickname of Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer. Wozniak was the single largest private gift during the museum’s initial capital campaign.


The museum opened its doors in 1990, and over 9 million visitors have visited. The museum creates and presents interactive displays in response to early childhood education. The 52,000-square-foot (4,800-square-meter) purple building was built by Mexico City architect Ricardo Legorreta, and it contains 28,000 square feet (2,600 square meters) of gallery space as well as a 0.2-acre outdoor natural play zone that debuted in 2017. Exhibits, events, and projects of the museum have garnered local, regional, and national notice. Its exhibits include two life-size models of Columbian mammoths, authentic explorable vehicles such as a fire engine and a Wells Fargo stagecoach, as well as five visual and performing arts rooms. The museum is renowned for its Cultural Celebrations series, which highlights the varied cultures and traditions of the majority-minority region’s diverse demographic groups.


The Children’s Discovery Museum presents exhibits, activities, and events for families with children under 10 that promote experiential and inquisitive learning.

The Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose has been named one of the top 10 children’s museums in the United States and one of the top five science centers in the world by Child Magazine and the London Observer, respectively.

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Exhibits include Bill’s Backyard, Amazing Airmaze, Mammoth Discovery, The LeRoy Neiman Art Studio, Waterways, and more.

The museum’s notable programming includes performances by local arts organizations, a Cultural Celebrations series, and events emphasizing healthy nutrition and physical activity. Community programs include BioSITE, an environmental education cooperation with local schools; Youth Programs, which target children after school and during the summer; and a partnership with Educare preschool that combines exhibit installations and courses for children and their parents.


Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110, United States
Phone: 408-298-5437
Get on CA-87
2 min (0.3 mi)
Continue on CA-87 to Blossom Hill Rd. Take exit 4 from CA-85 S
7 min (6.3 mi)

Drive to your destination – Silicon Valley Dental Center 2 min (0.7 mi)