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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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MetroWest Boston
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85 reviews 85 reviews
38 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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
63 reviews 63 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
30 helpful votes 30 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
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Top Contributor
220 reviews 220 reviews
41 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Spent more than 3 hours in this museum and could have spent double the time easily. Could not believe the huge collection of some of the most iconic and important artifacts in the history of the computer. The museum is packed full of interesting information and very well organized. I was a high school/university student in the eighties, and it... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We tried to find a tour of Silicon Valley. We soon learned that most tours were simply drive-bys i.e. Google Headquarters, etc. and pretty pricey. We decided to take the commuter train from San Francisco to Mountain View to see this museum which seemed to be the centerpiece of these expensive tours and the only place you could go in.... More

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Bet Arif
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Visited the museum with my son who is almost 13. I was blown away by the displays and attention to details of every part. I was excited more than him... I would say this is a must visit for those who ever were interested in computers in some part of their life. Young kids or people without relation to computers... More

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

If you are into computers or technology, this is the place to go. It includes the history of computing with hands on exhibits.

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