House in San Jose

Winchester Mystery House

An odd structure purposefully commissioned to be so by the heir to the Winchester-rifle fortune, this ridiculous Victorian mansion is filled with 160 rooms of various sizes and little utility, with dead-end hallways…
Historic Building in San Jose

History Park

Historic buildings from all over San Jose have been brought together in this open-air history museum, southeast of the city center in Kelley Park. The centerpiece is a scaled-down replica of the 1881 Electric Light …
Gallery in San Jose


A cutting-edge gallery highlighting themes by both established and emerging Latino artists, MACLA is one of the Bay Area's best community arts spaces, with open-mike performances, live-music shows, experimental thea…
Museum in San Jose

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

West of downtown, this unusual and educational Egyptian museum is one of San Jose’s more unusual attractions. Its extensive collection includes statues, household items and mummies; there’s even a two-room, walk-thr…
Museum in San Jose

Tech Museum of Innovation

Opposite Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San Jose's excellent technology museum examines subjects from robotics to space exploration, and genetics to virtual reality. The museum also includes an IMAX dome theater, which scre…
Plaza in San Jose

Plaza de Cesar Chavez

This leafy square in the center of downtown, which was part of the original plaza of El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, is the city's oldest public space. It’s named after César Chávez – founder of the United Farm …
Museum in San Jose

San Jose Museum of Art

With a permanent collection of 20th-century works and imaginative changing exhibits, the city’s central art museum is worth a quick look. The main building started life as the post office in 1892, was damaged by the…
Museum in San Jose

Children’s Discovery Museum

Downtown, this science and creativity museum has hands-on displays incorporating art, technology and the environment, with plenty of toys and cool play-and-learn areas for tots to school-aged children. The museum is…
Church in San Jose

Cathedral Basilica of St Joseph

At the top of the Plaza de Cesar Chavez, the pueblo’s first church was originally constructed of adobe brick in 1803. It was replaced three times due to earthquakes and fire; the present building dates from 1877.
Park in San Jose

Rosicrucian Park

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum is the centerpiece of this peaceful park, west of downtown San Jose. Meditate as you stroll the walking labyrinth and gardens.