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Hewlett Packard garage

367 Addison Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Ranked #13 of 22 attractions in Palo Alto
Type: Educational Sites, Historic Sites
Description: Hewlett and Packard started their business in this garage.
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87 reviews 87 reviews
22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

I work for HP but live in the east coast.I always said that if I got out here I would go and visit the "Garage", there is not much to see except the "garage" and a plaque denoting the historical significance of the birthplace of the Silicon Valley companies. It is kind of sureal since I have been in the... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

As this HP garage only used to belong to HP brothers, now it's belongs to somebody else. It's in a neighborhood area, not many visitors were here because it was blocked by the gate. What can you do? For me, only take the photos in front of the garage that's like 20 feet away, somehow blocked by the gate. There's... More

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
12 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

In the middle of a normal residential neighborhood, "Bill & Dave's garage" offers a great experience to see where two great minds got together to take a risk as the creators of the audio oscillator for Walt Disney's Fantasia film. This is where history was made, although neither Bill nor Dave could probably have imagined the hugely successful company that... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

You can stand in the driveway and look at the house (which has people living in it) along with the garage where Hewlett and Packard worked back in 1938. It's interesting for geeks like my son, but you cannot go back into the garage to actually see anything.

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Monterrey, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

If you are in Palo Alto or visiting Stanford, you must see it! It looks exactly as in the photo. It makes you feel, every dream can be accomplished. As it is very close, before or after visiting the garage, go to the corner in Channing and Emerson and see the plaque of the site where was developed the first... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

You have to go - yes, it is just a garage and all you can do is look at it from the street. But just THINK of what happened in there... the late nights, the successes and failures... it's a testament to what a little hard work and ingenuity can do. We all enjoyed it as well as looking at... More

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Albany, OR
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

When I worked for City of Palo Alto, I always thought that this garage was a secret for those in the know, and the residents were not to be bothered. It's funky and old, but a shrine nonetheless.

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Palo Alto, CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

The home is a lovely shingled craftsman and the garage is the original, small and understated. But, oh, the history behind it! Dave Packard and his wife rented the house and Bill Hewlett lived in the teeny, tiny cottage/shed behind the house while they seeded Silicon Valley in the garage.

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Palo Alto, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This garage is a must see in any walking tour of Palo Alto. It isn't so much for how it looks, but to really appreciate the idea that revolutionary innovation can happen anywhere. Got a garage? You can change the world? Mighty oaks from little acorns and such. Be there. Do that!

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Pound Ridge, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Great walking neighbourhood and stumble across the HP garage. If you know the history of the company it's interesting to be there. Otherwise it really is just like looking at someone's garage!

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