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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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Lots and lots of interesting computer stuff!

This museum is amazing! It has two dozens of rooms, each one showing its own topic. It all starts with slide-rules and ancient calculators, going through analog computers... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This museum is amazing! It has two dozens of rooms, each one showing its own topic. It all starts with slide-rules and ancient calculators, going through analog computers, punchcards, mainframes, parts of modern computers, robots, laptops, and internet. It took me two full days to go through all the rooms, see the displays, and read almost all the information. The... More 

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Santa Clara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

A nerd/geek heaven and I mean that in the most respectful way because without this history I wouldn't be able to write this review. I learned a lot of what went into getting to today's amazing tech and got a little nostalgic with the computers and video game systems I played with as a kid. If you love tech, work... More 

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Carson City, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Really, really interesting! The volunteer guide was great. Amazing how little I know. The exhibits were good. Fun place.

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The Computer History Museum is a nice museum for anyone who wants a nice museum portraying the history of computers and Silicon Valley. There are many nice exhibits that show various computers along with lot's of good information.

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Brasilia, DF
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

For those fans of technology and history, it is an amazing place! Although it is not a large museum, it has some very interesting "masterpieces", such as an original Apple I signed by Woz, an original Enigma Machine and many others. A half day visit may be enough if you don't like to read all the explanations, but for those... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This place was really hyped to me before I want, so maybe I was expecting too much. It is small, so unless you read every last sign and watch all of the videos, you will be in and out in an hour or two. Not much in the way of interactive exhibits, I think children would be bored. It was... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The museum is open Weds-Sun 10-5 and is located in Mountain View about an hour south of San Francisco by car. The fee is $12 for seniors/students/military and $15 otherwise. I spent 2-3 hours at the museum and found it excellent. I am a retired computer professional and found all my old equipment and materials staring at me from the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

this is a pretty amazing place. they did a very nice job of presenting pertinent info. the staff was just wonderful. anyone remotely interested in computer, general history should visit

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Hayward, California
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118 reviews 118 reviews
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We spent five hours in the museum, and there is still more to see. We started with a guided tour that I highly recommend. The guide was interesting and full of information. Then we were on our own. So many of the exhibits brought back great memories, things our children have never even heard of. The short video clips and... More 

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Palmdale, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Shows the history of computers starting with the abacus/sliderule to google maps and google self-driving cars. Took about 2 hours to look at all the chips, robots, etc. (Has a very good website showing the exhibits.) Plenty of restrooms throughout the exhibit and a small cafe/coffee bar in the lobby. Nice museum store had plenty of brain-stimulating toys for kids... More 

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