Local Museums

Feast Your Eyes

Museums and galleries in San Jose are plentiful. Here’s some, particularly those close to the hotel:

The Tech Museum of Innovation
201 S. Market (1 block north of the hotel)
Open daily
Special exhibit: “Star Wars: The Exhibition”
408-294-8324, www.thetech.org
Discount for Potlatch members on admissions to the museum gallery, the Star Wars exhibit (priced separately), and the gallery/IMAX combo. Just show your Potlatch membership badge to the cashier.

Anno Domini (art and design)
366 S. First (around the block from the hotel, across the street)
Open Tuesday-Saturday
408-271-5155, www.galleryad.com

San Jose Museum of Art
110 S. Market (2 blocks north)
Closed Monday
Special exhibits: “Around the Table: food, creativity, community” and “What’s Your Angle?”
408-271-6840, www.sjmusart.org

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
520 S. First (3 blocks south)
Open Wednesday-Sunday
Special exhibits: “Metamorphosis: Clothing and Identity” and “Tasty, too!”
408-971-0323, www.sjquiltmuseum.org

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
560 S. First (3 blocks south)
Open Tuesday-Saturday
Special exhibit: “Toriawase”
408-283-8155, www.sjca.org

Children’s Discovery Museum
180 Woz Way (2 1/2 blocks south and west)
closed Monday
Special exhibit: “Imagination Playground”
408-298-5437, www.cdm.org

Center for Beethoven Studies
King Library, 150 E. San Fernando, Room 580 (6 blocks east and north)
Closed Sunday; limited hours
408-808-2058, www.sjsu.edu/beethoven/

Center for Steinbeck Studies
King Library, 150 E. San Fernando, Room 590 (next door to Beethoven)
Closed Sunday
408-808-2067, as.sjsu.edu/steinbeck/

Kaleid Gallery
88 S. Fourth #130 (6 1/2 blocks east and north)
Open Tuesday-Saturday
408-947-1785, www.kaleidgallery.com

Japanese American Museum
535 N. First (1 1/4 miles, on light rail)
Open Thursday-Sunday, 12-4 PM only
Sunday, 5 pm: photojournalist Darrell Miho speaks on recovery in Japan’s disaster areas
408-294-3138, www.jamsj.org

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
1660 Park Ave. (2 1/2 miles)
Open Wednesday-Sunday
408-947-3635, www.egyptianmuseum.org

Winchester Mystery House
525 S. Winchester Blvd. (4 miles)
Open daily
408-247-2101, www.winchestermysteryhouse.com

Lick Observatory
Mount Hamilton Road (25 miles over a mountain road, but it’s in San Jose)
Open Thursday-Sunday, noon-5 PM
408-274-5061, www.ucolick.org/public