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Computer History Museum

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Address: 1401 N Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA 94043
Phone Number: 650-810-1010
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The Best Computer Museum

If you are a computer buff, don't miss this place. They have everything from early mainframes to current hardware. Set in a modern building with docents available to guide you if... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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Palo Alto
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

If you are a computer buff, don't miss this place. They have everything from early mainframes to current hardware. Set in a modern building with docents available to guide you if you want more detail than what if on the exhibit signage. Reasonably priced for what you are seeing. Budget at least two hours or more.

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Los Altos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

if you have any interest in computers, its a must visit! Any time i have friends visiting from out of state / out of the country, I take them to the computer history museum, and every time its a hit :) GO!

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galway
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This place is great with a lot of interesting exhibits, they have some terminals from the cold war and one of the original hard drives The docent tours were quite busy but really informative. When I visited they had 2 special exhibits a babbage difference machine and one of the self driving google cars

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Mountain View, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Nerd oasis in the middle of nerd heaven. Went here with my wife and some friends; my wife was a lightweight and tapped out after an hour or so. Friends and I were in it for another hour at least (and we moved quickly). Interesting stuff here for everyone from the abacus to the Google car (with a lot of... More 

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Ohio
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This is an excellent museum that will show you from the early stage of sliding rules, up to super computers. The whole museum is fantastic, the displays are interactive so make sure that you have enough time to see everything and to play with the displays. This is not a quick look and see museum. Spend quality time there.

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Austin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The museum was fascinating. They had everything from ancient "computers" to modern day technology. There were many interactive exhibits sprinkled throughout and plenty of audio commentary for listening. My husband is a huge computer buff and the 4-5 hours we spent there just weren't enough. We wound up rushing through the last half of the museum. I thought it was... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Being completely out of the techno-loop, I hesitated to go here, .. however, I am SO glad I did! It was fascinating and has something for everyone and every interest! Old cash registers to the ultra futuristic stuff.... highly recommend a visit for everyone... you WILL learn something and be "wow"ed!

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Calgary
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Lots of cool bits of tech/silicon history. It does require a little effort to enjoy... while some of the displays are visually impressive, others are really just a collection of artifacts which means you have to dig a bit to understand how fascinating they are. Overall though, lots of awesome perspective.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Finally visited the computer history museum. I've fascinated with all the exhibited items. The live demonstration of the Babbage mechanical computer was very impressive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

There's a lot of ancient machinery, and you get a good grasp on the evolution of personal computers. It's not a huge museum. I was done in about 1 hr.

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