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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Interesting exhibitions outlining the 2,000+ years of computer history. Elaborates on what are the various artifacts that evolved through time to bring computers to what we know of today. Had spent easily spend 3 hours including 1/2 of lunch at the cafe. Went on a weekday and there was no crowd and it was an easy walk through. There is... More

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Houston, Texas
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68 reviews 68 reviews
27 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

For people who have used computers extensively in their life, this is like a class reunion (with people you actually enjoy). And for the younger set, this is like a dinosaur museum filled with fascinating old artifacts that can induce war stories from their parents and questions about how such "primitive" equipment could possibly have worked. I spent about 3... More

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Los Angeles, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
14 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This is an important museum on the history of computing, not just modern-day computers. The only drawback is the lack of a social context for most technological innovations covered in the exhibition. Otherwise a thorough and excellent coverage of the history of computing from ancient China to the present.

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Orlando, FL
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

This museum is clean, spacious and very well done. A lot of the exhibits were over my head or not of great interest to me. However, my 20 year old son that is really into computers could have spent all day there and absolutely loved it! A must do for computer people and worthwhile for everyone. I did find the... More

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Rocklin, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

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
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

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
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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110 reviews 110 reviews
18 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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