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Computer History Museum

1401 N Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA 94043
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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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Palo Alto, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Unless you helped build some of this stiff the exhibits are not very interesting. Most people know CHM as a place that jas big room and therefore big conferences.

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San Diego, CA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I'm a techie and this place is very cool. You will learn a lot about the history of computers, for those whose only memory of a computer is an iPad or a Samsung Galaxy, you will learn that back in the good old days we had to take our phones and put them up against these little devices called acoustic... More

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Houston, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This is a very well done museum if you are a computer buff of any kind. Unlike some "science" type venues, this one does not pander to the kids with the "Science of Slime" and the like or cartoon characters. The closes would be the one display of video game history. But that makes sense and is well done. What... More

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Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
24 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Here is what I like: Covers every aspect of computing history Nicely laid out with modern design Excellent location I especially likes the old IBM computers Areas to improve: Should be more interactive Focuses more on the US than the rest of the world Can be confusing sometimes , you might find difficult to follow a specific route

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MetroWest Boston
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86 reviews 86 reviews
38 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

My husband and I spent 5 1/2 hours at this museum and would really need twice that long to say we really saw it. However, that is all the time we had. My husband is a retired techie and loved going back and seeing machines that he worked on in the 1960's on up... along with all the other exhibits.The... More

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

If you are in your fifties, some items on display will bring you back memories because they look familiar. Take note that this is the evolution of computers so if you are not interested in this, skip it. But for those who like to refresh themselves or find out how the computer started, this is a very educational trip for... More

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San Francisco Bay Area
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64 reviews 64 reviews
18 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Somehow managed to spend well almost 3 hours at this great museum! This truly is an amazing collection of computers which I didn't realize went back beyond the 1940's. Very nicely presented...staff was well versed and quite helpful. This is not a museum for young children...they would be totally bored..(unless super techie). Even got to sit in a driver less... More

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The Woodlands, Texas, United States
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74 reviews 74 reviews
38 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Exhibits were great. Talks on screens around the museum were very informative. I visited with my grandson. I remember many of the early devices. It was nostalgia for me. Wonderful. My grandson found it equally interesting and informative. This was one of my best museum visits. I will visit again.

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San Francisco, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The Computer History Museum is very well done, kids friendly and friendly atmosphere, but it is not only for kids. We were all adults visiting it and had a load of fun. The history begins from the first Abacuses used in China and first comptometers of the world to the modern days silicon chips and computer devices. The exhibition includes... More

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Springboro, Ohio
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59 reviews 59 reviews
31 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

this is a very interesting museum. Has a good history of the computer through the years. While you can see most of it in two hours. I would suggest spending at least 3 or 4 hours.

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