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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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Excellent Museum on the History of Computers

We enjoyed going to the Computer History Museum. Having worked in Silicon Valley for a number of years, it was like walking through history of the valley and its technology... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed going to the Computer History Museum. Having worked in Silicon Valley for a number of years, it was like walking through history of the valley and its technology companies. Its very well done, We enjoyed the Babbage demonstration. We enjoyed sitting in Google's driverless car It is currently a Lexus so super comfortable seats as well The movies... More 

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Mountain View, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

It has great parking and is clean and spacious Its educational and very well displayed. Can be done in 1 to 1 1/2 hour.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This is the worldwide reference for museums about computing. It is pretty clear that the curators had direct access to the inventors that brought computers and networks to the masses, and to donors that facilitated the money to make this a world-class museum. This is a must-visit for families with teenagers that show an interest in computer science or electrical... More 

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Mountain View, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Finally after living in the south bay after almost three years, I made it to the Computer History Museum. The front desk staff is very friendly and helpful. If you are a student or work for a big tech company, there are discounts available to you. The museum starts has about 17 sections and my only real complaint about the... More 

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

If you are a geek or love your computer, games console or just love to see how technology has come along in recent years this place is a must. If you get around the place in an hour I can only imagine that you walked around without actually looking. The building is like some sort of illusion as the museum... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We spent three hours (about 1.5 of which consisted of watching quirky demonstrations of the 1401 and the Babbage machine). Wished we had left more time for the very thorough main history exhibit itself, which was towards the back of the building and much larger than we expected when we got there. For computer aficionados, this place must be great... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

That describes my wife, me and my son and we all loved it. Be prepared to spend most of a day. We thought we'd beu in and out ni an hour, but some of the demonstrations are worthwhile and, consequently, take time.

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Easy access from the Freeway and plenty of parking. The place is impressive with a wide range of examples of early computers. Gift shop has a good collection of souvenirs and there is also a cafe. Very close to the Google offices. Don't go if you are not interested in computers or are expecting lots of interactivity.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

As a geek, but not a nerd, I found this place quite boring. Even my very nerdy husband agrees that the displays should be more interactive. There were some interesting parts but it's altogether too technical in many places. I also felt that more could have been done to make the exhibits come alive. For example, electronic music and computer... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We called in on our way from San Francisco to Monterey, only intending to stay for about an hour, but we stayed all day! There was so much to see and read, and it was great hearing people say things like "ooh, that's a <insert name of piece of equipment> we used that at school" or "I had one of... More 

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