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.
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.
Montgomery Theater has been the home of the San Jose Children's Musical Theater for many years. It is right in the middle of downtown San Jose and is within walking distance of all major hotels and restaurants, making it convenient for visitors as well as locals who want to grab a bite before or after the show. Built in the style of a Spanish mission, this elegant theater is connected to the City National Civic. Credit card acceptance varies by show.
Children's Discovery Museum has two floors worth of exhibits and activities, including a history of bubbles, face painting and all sorts of things to keep children busy and thinking. The museum is a giant structure straddling the Guadalupe River Park, so picnics are common for visitors. It is located right on the light rail station, which makes public transportation a snap. The museum offers facilities for birthday parties and special events for all sizes of groups, from small gatherings of 10 to large groups of 1000.
Tombs, mummies and all sorts of ancient Egyptian artifacts await you at Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium, one of the tourist favorites of San Jose. This place is located in the beautiful Rosicrucian Park, with palm trees and Egyptian-style buildings everywhere. The museum itself contains an extensive array of artifacts, jewelry and displays of Egyptian antiquity. The tour in the cavernous tomb below the museum is especially replete with information and entertainment. Through the displays, you will get an in-depth look at the nature of life in ancient Egypt.
The San Jose Fire Museum features artifacts dating back to 1810 with fire hoses, ladders, hooks, fire engines, etc. You shall find here equipment, tools and uniforms of fire fighters. The objects of the fire department reflect the history of San Jose Fire Department.
Germania Verein is one of the oldest social clubs of its kind in Central San Jose. An all time favorite venue for various celebrations, this event venue promotes cultural awareness for all things German, benefiting the residents of nearby communities. This place is just perfect for weddings and gatherings and other social occasions. If you plan to have a simple yet elegant wedding, then you can definitely consider this place. Located close to Saint James Park, this place also serves as a venue for Silicon Valley Oktoberfest.
Peralta Adobe & Fallon House Historic Site is made up of two different buildings. One is the oldest address in San Jose, the latter is the home built by a former mayor in the late 19th Century. See what life was like in the 1900s and get a rich dose of fascinating local history. This site also contains an excellent bookstore. Tours are available by appointment only.
Corinthian Event Center or Corinthian Grand Ballroom as it is also known is a magnificent downtown San Jose facility. This 1924 neoclassic, grand dame will usher you in with its expansive granite steps, huge urns and towering columns. Its elegant foyer will charm you with its engraved wooden beam ceiling and exquisite chandelier. But it is the regal ballroom that is the star of this already alluring building. Its intricately designed massive wood-beam ceiling with alternate blue glass panes and gold leaf panels, large, unique wrought iron and glass light fixtures, and festively decorated palm trees add to the romance of this place. It also features a etched stone proscenium stage and granite balcony. Their skilled staff will make sure that any occasion is made memorable for you. It is no wonder that it is among the most preferred wedding destinations in the city and an esteemed venue for various other functions.
Theatre on San Pedro Square is one of the largest and best entertainment venues in the Bay Area. This state-of-art theatre is home to the Tabard Theatre Company and showcases talented theater artists and performers. Every season, it brings forth a variety of shows and plays that entertain and enthral audience. The premises can also be hired for private as well as corporate events. Call for details.
Ballet San Jose has presented top-notch programs for nearly a quarter of a century. It has become one of the finest companies in the nation, producing world-class shows under the direction of principal choreographer Dennis Nahat. The main venue in San Jose is the Center for Performing Arts at the corner of Almaden Boulevard and San Carlos. This is a remakrable institution and has managed to always impress, delight and enchant its audiences. The costumes, sets and performances of the dancers are simply spectacular. This is demonstration of grace and greatness, performances spell out art in body and athleticism.