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American Computer Museum

2023 Stadium Drive, Unit 1-A, Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 582-1288
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Ranked #6 of 19 attractions in Bozeman
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: For both Techies and Non-Techies alike: Since 1990 - the world's oldest continually operating nonprofit museum dedicated to the History of the... more » Owner description: For both Techies and Non-Techies alike: Since 1990 - the world's oldest continually operating nonprofit museum dedicated to the History of the Information Age, Robotics & Social Networking. Inch for inch, the best museum in the world. - Edward O. Wilson, Professor Emeritus - HarvardAn eye-opener for nine-year-olds to ninety-nine-year-olds, and you'll find your conversations going back to it again and again. - Montana MagazineAs seen in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, Billings Gazette, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, ABC News, Vancouver Courier, New Yorker Magazine, USA Today, C-Span, ABC News, Distinctly Montana, and many other media outlets... « less
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Hatfield, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This was a big surprise. This museum is not just a museum about computers, it's really a museum about communication. And, although it is in a small area of a building, it covers huge steps in mans' history. It starts in ancient times, with ancient writings, covers the printing press, early recording devices, records, TV shows, video games and computers.... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The American Computer Museum was one of the best parts of my trip. It is a small museum that is filled with some great computer and technology related items. I was told that they are in the process of expanding to include an AI (artificial intelligence) exhibit. They have many artifacts (for lack of a better word) that are very... More

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Alberta, Canada
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244 attraction reviews
267 helpful votes 267 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Even someone with a marginal interest in computers and their development over the centuries will find much to be fascinated here. Just hope that your visit does not coincide with one by a group (even a small one) of other people, especially school kids, because the museum is a converted residence, and is very small. Everything is well explained and... More

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Bozeman, Montana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This was a great (although small) museum with a lot of information about the history of computing and a plethora of old computers (very nostalgic for a geek like me).

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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

If you are inn the Bozeman area and have any interest in the history of computing, I thoroughly recommend visiting this lovely little museum - lots of nice background to how we got to todays devices. From a non US perspective, I'd have to say there are bits that are overly US centric, particularly in terms of the initial 'programmable... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Free museum with tons of computer history. Very fun and informative even for a none geek. Lots of fun facts. We gladly left a donation.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

My husband & 9 year old son love all things electronic, so this was a great free way to spend an hour. The collection of memorabilia is thoughtfully laid out and explained. All exhibits were "looking" exhibits, not touching, so probably less interesting for younger children.

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Denver, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

This is worth the visit. We were amazed how much was packed into a tiny space. It is very unassuming from the outside since the space is in an office complex. We loved the mix of old historical forms of communication and new technologies. There was great attention paid to giving credit to ALL of the scientists and innovators critical... More

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Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

This is a surprising free museum that really chronicles the history of communications/information technology. For anyone who has lived through the explosion in electronics and computer technology, this is a trip down memory lane. Remember the TRS80 computer? Giant portable phone? Apple IIe? ... and it's free!

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jefferson, TX
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16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

My husband would probably rate this a 5. There is more than just computers. There is an old printing press, old telecommunication devices, old robot toys, there's the old telephone board that you'd have to connect the wires by the operator. Lots of fun stuff to learn, remember and enjoy. Free, but donations appreciated.

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