The only place in North America dedicated solely to the works of Ludwig himself, this museum contains a wealth of material, including the much-heralded lock of Beethoven's hair. Original manuscripts, books, recordings, autographed materials, masks, sculptures, stamps, films and all sorts of things are here. The center sponsors many concerts and lectures throughout the year and several things are for sale, like coffee mugs, scores and a bibliography database. This is an excellent place for scholarly research.
This urban farm covers an impressive 47 acres (19.02 hectares). It has school tours, orchards, a barnyard, picnic areas and places to fly kites. It is a great place to bring kids, especially if they like animals as there are numerous breeds of rabbits, chickens, geese and ducks for them to befriend. The property was originally given to the city of San Jose with the intent that it be used as an agricultural learning center, and in this respect, it succeeds admirably. Admission is free.
Thousands visit this park each year to view the beautiful varieties of roses in a profusion of colors and types. A resplendent sight to behold, the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden also includes a few fountains and a reflecting pool, making it a great spot for a quiet stroll even if you aren't a rose aficionado. Take a look at the map of the place, which lists the names of all the varieties of roses, some of which are rare kinds.
This huge, multi-domed church was originally built in 1877 and was restored to its original splendor in 1990. This is actually the fifth location of the parish seat; the first was built in 1803. The present structure is a monumental building. Incredible stained glass work renders the sanctuary into a lovely, almost mystical space when the sun causes the colors to play across the walls, pews and floor. Masses are held in Spanish and English.
The fun never stops at the California Theatre. This huge venue hosts annual events, theater performances, music concerts and even competitions. Past events include the Library of Congress "Song of America" Tour with Thomas Hampson, the International Russian Music Piano Competition, and a San Jose Youth Symphony performance. The venue used to be a FOX movie theater and it has a top-notch sound system and comfortable seats. See the website for further details.
Home the NHL team, San Jose Sharks, SAP Center is a massive event venue that began as the San Jose Arena, when it was created in 1993. Although it's a popular sports venue, the multipurpose event venue is known for the big-ticket concerts it hosts. Whether it be an exciting hockey game or Grammy-winning artist performance, this 19000 seat venue promises a good time. The multipurpose event space comes second to none when it comes to entertainment; artists like Eric Clapton, Cher, Lady Gaga often feature on SAP Center's calendar of events; while on the other hand, it also showcases popular sports events such as Royal Rumble.
The Loma Prieta Gym-Community Center is run by the Loma Prieta Community Foundation (LPCF), a non-profit organization. It consists of a gymnasium, dance room, art room, music room, meeting room and an outdoor gazebo, along with a kitchen. Its facilities include a piano, stage, mirrored walls and BBQ pits. It is used to stage various performing arts such as plays and musicals.
Digital DNA is a contemporary egg-shaped sculpture installed in downtown Palo Alto. The eccentric-looking egg, which stands seven feet (2.1 meters) tall, is made up of quilted-together circuit boards, and its egg shape alludes to Silicon Valley's important role as the birthplace of new technology. It was created by Adriana Varella and Nilton Malz, and though the original sculpture was destroyed by fire, but was reconstructed in 2005 and moved to its present location in Lytton Plaza.
Taube Center is the home of concerts and major events for Notre Dame de Namur University. The auditorium has hosted a couple concerts like Out Of the Box, A Light Night Music, Camerata and many more. The spacious seating and fine sound quality, will make your visit more fruitful here. Check their website to know more about upcoming plays and concerts.
St. Patrick's Seminary & University is a seminary located in Menlo Park. The historic building of the seminary is quite an attraction for its architectural nuances and its neatly landscaped campus that is complete with old marble statues at some places. The seminary offers a number of academic courses and programs for all those interested in exploring theology. Refer to their website for details.