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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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This is really a gem of a museum, doing important work and offering a unique perspective on Silicon Valley.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Mountain View, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is really a gem of a museum, doing important work and offering a unique perspective on Silicon Valley.

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Excellent museum, especially for people who have worked with computers for a while. Definitely a trip down memory lane. Like many places in the area, it is slightly overpriced.

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Noblesville, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We went to the Computer History Museum and it was closed. Bad deal since we planned our last vacation day around this particular place. No mention of the closing was posted on the Groupon we bought, on the website, or even posted on the doors. A couple other families were there too. The attendant allowed up to wander around downstairs... More 

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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

This place is a must visit for all the geeks, who love computers who can't imagine their life without internet and who want to know how modern day computer evolved with a little bit of history and politics behind this. Place is not crowded at all, had a really nice time here.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Let me start by saying I am not a nerd but I found the museum fascinating. It is extremely well laid out and the exhibits well labelled. You can easily miss out sections which are too nerdy and spend more time just looking at computers and tech items from your past. We watched an initial presentation followed by a docent... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Just around the corner from Google, I felt I had to have a little tech-pilgrimage while in SF! This was worth a visit - surprisingly large, very professional, clean and tidy. Everything was very organised with a clear narrative throughout. I was particularly pleased that it wasn't overly biased to the local companies, with more than a passing nod to... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

My partner and I really enjoyed this museum, him being a computer nerd WAY before it became cool and me being a technotard in comparison, there was things of interest to us both. If you're not a bonafide nerd, it wouldn't hurt to bring one with you if you can but it's absolutely not necessary as the museum is very... More 

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Cupertino, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

There are lots of technology museums in the world, but few are as focussed as the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, and if you have an interest in computers or computing, this is a "must visit" place when visiting Silicon Valley. Admittedly, it can get a little dry in parts, so someone who is a casual computer user might... More 

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Kirkland, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

We visited here with our son and were surprised by how much we enjoyed this place. As someone who's worked most of my career in the tech industry, I found it fascinating - but there is plenty for people who are just fans as well. A great place to visit as a family or solo - make a point to... More 

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Lakewood, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

From a hand-cranked computation machine designed by George Babbage in the 1820s to a Cray 1 supercomputer from the 1970s to modern smartphones, this museum guides you through the evolution of computers and electronic games. Fascinating for adults and older children!

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Address: 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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