Top Choice Park 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 dramatic half-scale replica of the 237ft-high 1…
Museum in San Jose

San Jose Museum of Art

With a strong permanent collection of 20th-century works and a variety of imaginative changing exhibits, the city’s central art museum is one of the Bay Area’s finest. The main building started life as the post offi…
Museum in San Jose

Tech Museum of Innovation

This excellent technology museum, opposite Plaza de Cesar Chavez, examines subjects from robotics to space exploration to genetics. The museum also includes an IMAX dome theater (additional $5 admission), which scre…
Museum in San Jose

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

West of downtown, this unusual and educational Egyptian Museum is one of San Jose’s more interesting attractions, with an extensive collection that includes statues, household items and mummies. There’s even a two-r…
House in San Jose

Winchester Mystery House

An odd structure purposefully commissioned to be so by the heir to the Winchester rifle fortune, the Winchester Mystery House is a ridiculous Victorian mansion with 160 rooms of various sizes and little utility, wit…
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 very cool play-and-learn areas. The museum is on Woz Way, which is named…
Gallery in San Jose


A cutting-edge gallery highlighting themes by both established and emerging Latino artists, MACLA is one of the best community arts spaces in the Bay Area, with open-mic performances, hip-hop and other live-music sh…
Park in San Jose

Rosicrucian Park

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 oldest public space in the city. It’s named after Cesar Chavez – founder of the United …
Church in San Jose

Cathedral Basilica of St Joseph

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