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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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Geek or Non-Geeks will both enjoy

We spent an afternoon with both geeks and non-geeks and everyone enjoyed it. A quote from a non-geek was "I feel like I have seen my whole life flash before me."

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We spent an afternoon with both geeks and non-geeks and everyone enjoyed it. A quote from a non-geek was "I feel like I have seen my whole life flash before me."

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I had one hour to kill before cabbing back to the San Jose airport on a Sunday morning. My newly found friends at the tech conference we were at suggested the Computer History Museum. Since I started programming computers way back in 1982, I was all in. First of all, I realized that 1 hour was not enough time. We... More 

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Mountain View, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This is just an amazing experience but you do need to have an appreciation of technology, particularly that based on computers. You can learn everything from the basics of how formal logic works (thanks Turing) to the fascinating development of video games (thanks Pong). It's worth spending a few hours in a small area and coming back again rather then... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Even if you don't have any geek genes, this museum is worth visiting. We had to leave after just 90 minutes, but I could have stayed there for a day. You might not better understand how computing actually works, but all those machines are amazing. Like a collection of props from all old James Bond movies.

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Frederick, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This museum's regular price admission is $15, but we got in at a discounted rate of only $7/person. We timed our arrival just right so that we could take advantage of the docent-led tour, Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing, that began at noon. Our docent was very knowledgeable sharing various personal stories he experienced throughout his long career... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

My husband and I visited this museum when we were in the area. I went here hoping to see how iPhones, Commodore, Atari, etc. were made and all the other computers of the ages to learn about their history, and their innovators' stories. This museum is very informative and starts right at the conductors transmitting power and communication between each... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Excellent descriptions of many of the key innovations in computers, both commercial & personal. Lots of physical artifacts to view & sometimes touch, and well-curated as a group. I particularly liked the fully-equipped room with original key punch machines, counter-sorters, tabulating machines, and other equipment that I used as a grad student @ Michigan back in the 1960s. Another highlight... More 

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Carmel, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Loved seeing that gadgets I had only a few years ago are already in the museum! I learned how to use an abacus and was fascinated with the role played by computers during WW2.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Small museum, but very nice, it make me remember old times. You don't need too much time to visit it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I thought it'd be lame, and it really isn't. Beautiful building and cool, engaging, interesting content. I can only imagine what a kid would feel like visiting it.

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Address: 1401 N Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA 94043
Phone Number: 650-810-1010
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Mountain View

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