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San Jose Museum of Art showing interior views and art

Admire the work of West Coast creatives, and discover the ways in which technology meets art.

Since 1969, the San Jose Museum of Art has provided a platform for West Coast and Californian art that's accessible to all. In that time, the museum's permanent collection has grown to around 2,000 works of art, most of which are 20th and 21st century pieces. Come here for a fascinating crash course in the modern and contemporary artists of this region.

Start with the permanent collection. Take in paintings, sculpture, installation, new media, photography, drawings, and prints from names including Roger Shimomura, Hung Liu, Ruth Asawa, and Enrique Chagoya. The variety of work here is eclectic in style, and veers from the surreal and comical to the symbolic and political. Not only is this a great way to understand the Bay Area's art movements, it's a chance to understand the region as a whole.

Afterwards, visit one of the museum's temporary installations. These usually change every four to six months. Work here throws its net wider, and former exhibitions have included Contemporary Chinese Photography, New Stories from the Edge of Asia, and Around the Table: Food, Creativity, Community. This being Silicon Valley, new media plays a prominent role at the San Jose Museum of Art. In the past, the museum has even won awards for its own innovative podcasts and promotional videos. Art has rarely been more accessible.

Lectures, workshops and concerts fill the museum's schedules; these are very interesting, and recommended if you have the time. You can also join a guided tour (these congregate in the lobby twice daily). The extensive gift shop sells art books (some signed by exhibiting artists), stationery, jewellery and toys. Find refreshment at Café Too!, which serves gourmet soups, sandwiches and salads throughout the day.

The San Jose Museum of Art is in the historic post office building in downtown. It's open Tuesday to Sunday, barring major holidays.

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Arena Hotel
Arena Hotel
3 out of 5
817 The Alameda, San Jose, CA
The price is AU$125 per night from 20 Jan. to 21 Jan.
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Arena Hotel
Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown
Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown
3 out of 5
211 S First Street, San Jose, CA
The price is AU$146 per night from 20 Jan. to 21 Jan.
Located in Downtown San Jose, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of San Jose Repertory Theater and San Jose Convention Center. San Jose State University and ...
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The Westin San Jose
The Westin San Jose
4 out of 5
302 South Market Street, San Jose, CA
The price is AU$286 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Located in Downtown San Jose, this hotel is steps away from San Jose Civic Auditorium and San Jose Convention Center. San Jose State University and San Jose ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (984 reviews)
"Everything was wonderful friendly staff from start to finish."

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2022

The Westin San Jose
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Top San Jose Museum of Art Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Arena Hotel
Arena Hotel
3 out of 5
817 The Alameda, San Jose, CA
The price is AU$125 per night from 20 Jan. to 21 Jan.
Arena Hotel
Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown
Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown
3 out of 5
211 S First Street, San Jose, CA
The price is AU$146 per night from 20 Jan. to 21 Jan.
Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown
The Westin San Jose
The Westin San Jose
4 out of 5
302 South Market Street, San Jose, CA
The price is AU$286 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
The Westin San Jose
Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown
Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown
3 out of 5
282 Almaden Blvd, San Jose, CA
The price is AU$271 per night from 11 Feb. to 12 Feb.
Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown
Hilton San Jose
Hilton San Jose
4 out of 5
300 Almaden Blvd, San Jose, CA
The price is AU$235 per night from 12 Feb. to 13 Feb.
Hilton San Jose
San Jose Marriott
San Jose Marriott
4 out of 5
301 South Market Street, San Jose, CA
The price is AU$275 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.
San Jose Marriott
AC Hotel by Marriott San Jose Downtown
AC Hotel by Marriott San Jose Downtown
3.5 out of 5
350 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA
The price is AU$313 per night from 18 Feb. to 19 Feb.
AC Hotel by Marriott San Jose Downtown
Hotel De Anza, a Destination by Hyatt Hotel
Hotel De Anza, a Destination by Hyatt Hotel
4 out of 5
233 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA
The price is AU$232 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.
Hotel De Anza, a Destination by Hyatt Hotel
Holiday Inn San Jose - Silicon Valley, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn San Jose - Silicon Valley, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
1350 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA
The price is AU$149 per night from 20 Jan. to 21 Jan.
Holiday Inn San Jose - Silicon Valley, an IHG Hotel
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