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Computer History Museum

1401 N Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA 94043
650-810-1010
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Specialty Museums
Traveler Description: Web: Computer History Museum The Computer History Museum explains the history of computing and has many exhibits that do this. It also has many... more »
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Rocklin, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

My husband is a software developer and he loved seeing all the old machines. We loved seeing the new Google car and the video compilations were informative. If you are a computer afficianado, it's a great way to spend an afternoon.

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Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

I do recommend visiting the Computer History Museum if you're a computer enthusiast. Older geeks will appreciate seeing all the computers they used in the past. Younger geeks will get to see firsthand the progression of computers from huge old mainframes to modern day tablets. They offer free guided tours which seemed more geared toward non-techie types. If you're a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

A must see for any geek in the area. From the very beginning to modern times they have it all. Just be prepared to give it the majority of your day because just a couple hours won't be enough to see it all.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Well there we were in San Jose and the wife not feeling well, my original limited visit plan turned into a complete afternoon. The tour guide/docent for our tour really brought everything to life, there is so much to see, well presented in logical sequence. A real nostalgic trip thru the 70's, 80's and 90's not to mention the great... More

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Eugene, Oregon
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18 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I've been visiting family in Mountain View for years and have put off going to this museum, which I thought would be small, dull and nerdy. I won't repeat what everyone else has said describing the museum, but I can tell you I was amazed at the size, fascinating presentations and understandable displays and explanations. We took our grandkids with... More

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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79 reviews 79 reviews
10 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

An excellent presentation of the history of computers. Personally, it was most fascinating to see the first keypunch I used in college, and numerous of the small computers I used in the 70's and 80's there. Brought back some nostalgia, which I rarely indulge in... :)

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Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

If you are within fifty miles of the place and do not go. You are neither nerd nor geek or introvert. . I have so many pictures, and videos and notes. Did I mention this was a COMPUTER Museum! They have hand written journals of algorithms. They have notes from the women who helped first design languages! THEY HAVE a... More

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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285 helpful votes 285 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The Computer History Museum has a world class collection of iconic computing equipment and an impressive storyline to tell. The exhibition is very well layed out and also fun demonstrations are given, i.p. a so-called 1960 sales demonstration of an operational IBM 1401 system. There is also a good restaurant and a fun gift shop with some cool items. A... More

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Los Altos, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We finally made it over to the Computer History Museum and so glad we did. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes since you are on hard floors for hours, but worth it. Great displays and actual artifacts from the first computers, to the game era, to the future of driver-less cars. Hard to see it all in a day. the... More

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Hyderabad
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

The Computer History Museum is one of the best Museums that I have every been to. It is extremely well organized and one of the best technology museums I have every been to. Its pretty close to downtown Mountain View. I loved they the section on Analog computers and they have a great collection of items here. The icing on... More

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