5 Places to Visit in Downtown San Jose

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Must see places in Downtown San Jose

Downtown San Jose is a lively and culturally diverse area with plenty to see and do, check out our top 5 recommendations below.

The Tech Museum of Innovation

Right now the 20,000-square-foot Tech Museum of Innovation is hosting the world-famous Body Worlds exhibit. Its located close to the technology incubator that is Silicon Valley, and with an interactive approach, the Tech Museum of Innovation tracks how technology has developed and changed over time, as well as predicts some of the development we are likely to see in the future.

The San Jose Museum of Art

The San Jose Museum of Art is a great place to visit if you're looking for a dose of culture. The museum has a wide variety of art on display, ranging from contemporary to traditional. They have even recently acquired some unique sculptural pieces like Antique Earth Satellite and Defeated, depleted which are well worth a look.

Sammy G's Pizzeria

With so much to explore in downtown San Jose, you are bound to need a stop to refuel. The good news is that San Jose State University and town residents' favorite Sammy G's Pizzeria is located right by the University Campus. There you will find pies that are all about the #SanJoseStylePizza culture, which means embracing the diversity of the city and using novel but delicious ingredients to create a real treat. Be sure to try their Buffalo Mac Pizza (yes that does come with mac and cheese on the pizza) or their Bahn Mi, Tiki Masala, or El Presidente. Oh and don't forget to wash it all down with one of their great beers!

The Winchester Mystery House

Things are about to get spooky, as the Winchester Mystery House is a must-see for anyone who loves history and ghosts. Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune once lived in this sprawling Victorian mansion and after her husband and child died, Sarah became convinced that she was cursed by the spirits of those killed by Winchester rifles. So she began construction on a massive house, which she continued to add to for 38 years. Today, the house is a fascinating maze of staircases, secret rooms, and oddities, and well worth a visit if you find yourself in the Downtown San Jose Area.

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum is a must-see for anyone who loves ancient history. This museum houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in the Western United States and features exhibits on everything from mummies to hieroglyphics.

Indeed, the mummies are on display in the museum's Mummy Chamber, and they are truly a sight to behold. If you're interested in ancient history, or just want to see something really cool, make sure to check out the mummies at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum.

The Happy Hollow Zoo and Park‍

The Happy Hollow Zoo and Park is a great place to take the kids. They'll have a blast exploring all the different exhibits, rides, and entertainment which cover everything from animals to plant life. You can expect to see all sorts of animals from Limas to Capoareas here. Oh, and be sure to check out the PUPPET CASTLE THEATER while you are there where you can watch magical fairytales be brought to life.