The Museum of Computing

The Museum of Computing, Swindon: Hours, Address, The Museum of Computing Reviews: 4.5/5

The Museum of Computing
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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The UK's first computer museum showing calculators, computers and games consoles, many of them hands-on!
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1-2 hours
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Heidi W
Southampton, UK11 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
We really enjoyed our visit to the commuting museum, the staff were very friendly and explained a lot to about the items on display. We loved seeing lots of items from our childhood and would highly recommend if you are in the area. My husband didn’t want to leave.
Written November 7, 2021
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Thank you, we could have arranged a hammock for your husband :-) So glad you enjoyed it, thank you!
Written March 12, 2022
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St4ontour
Trowbridge, UK359 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
It was great to see such a wide range of computer equipment on show. Whether it was a walk down memory lane on what you used in your office or whether you were hooked on games there was something for all the family. Really good value to get in in fact so inexpensive leave a donation to help the museum.!
Written September 22, 2021
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Thank you, so glad you liked our museum!
Written March 12, 2022
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LoveToTravel51423
1 contribution
Aug 2021
Great little museum to take adults down to memory lane and to show kids how their current PS4 games started ;) Lots to see and learn and the best thing is the hands on experience and being able to play the games. Such a refreshing difference from other museums where you have to keep telling kids not to touch things! The volunteers are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. Their enthusiasm is contagious. Great stuff. Definitely worth a visit.
Written August 29, 2021
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Tim J
West Molesey, UK2 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
I visited with my 4 year old son. We had a warm welcome, and greatly enjoyed our visit. The highlight for me was playing Airwolf on the BBC Micro with my son, and finding I still had the muscle memory from playing it ~35 years ago. There’s a sizeable collection of computers and consoles setup ready to use, and many more in display cabinets. Definitely worth a visit.
Written January 25, 2020
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Thank you, so glad that you and your son enjoyed it, please come back again!
Written January 27, 2020
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zx1980
London14 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
What a find! They have everything from many different types of storage to all the computers going back 40+ years. There's a display of all the major people involved with computing going back to Babbage and Ada Lovelace. There's even a Sinclair C5 car parked right outside. Do check opening times on their website.
Written August 14, 2021
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sharp
London, UK13 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
The best museum of Swindon! Great collection. Good in the rain and the dry. I'd actually travel to Swindon just for this place for a retro computer and game fix. I could play on an amiga specyrum, atari st, and a lot of consoles and arcade machines . Was great to touch and handle things of the past
Written October 3, 2021
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Thank you, do come back and see us again, we're changing displays and machines all the time!
Written March 12, 2022
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HiggyBristol
Bristol, UK313 contributions
Nov 2021
Lovely little geeky afternoon out. Well worth a visit if you love retro gaming. Everything is very much hands-on and there's a collection of pretty much every console you could want to play, plus an Amiga 1200 and Atari ST (but people who use STs are generally considered to smell of wee, so stay away from that). There's also a really interesting collection of older machines, some of which were familiar to me, including a working example of the classic BBC Micro,
Written November 30, 2021
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We thought it would be 'interesting to put the ST and the Amiga together, so glad you enjoyed your visit! P.S. I don't smell of wee :-D
Written March 12, 2022
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Anusa
London, UK106 contributions
Oct 2021
This was a great hour with some really nice and knowledgable staff. It was nicely laid out, with so many interactive stations. The kids enjoyed playing all the games, while we enjoyed the memories. I would definitely recommend for a visit.
Written October 28, 2021
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Thank you, so glad you enjoyed it!
Written March 12, 2022
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TheTraveller988
Stoke, UK25 contributions
Mar 2019
A small site, effectively the private collection of an enthusiast - and none the worse for that. It is very small - but does have an awful lot packed in. You know you're onto a winner when there's a C5 in the entrance that you're allowed to sit in (although thankfully not allowed to take it out on the road!) That you're encouraged to try it out epitomises the volunteers' friendliness and engaging approach - they clearly enjoy being here and sharing their knowledge/enthusiasm. There are a few classic museumy bits such as narratives about computing legends like Babbage and Turing - but this is mainly about getting your hands on the kit and having a play. The fascinating thing about places like this of course is just how much they reinforce the passing of time and the rapid pace of change of technology. But for me, it was just how advanced and capable early technology was that's just as fascinating: here it was something called a Computator (I think?), a mechanical device looking very much like an old till but able to sum a series of keyed numbers as efficiently as a modern day calculator (well, mobile phone) and in 'old' (pre-decimal) money: amazing. My other highlight was getting on the Pong (table tennis game) and kicking my wife's butt 4-1! That's about as high-tec as it ever got for me. For gamers and real techies, this must be a little slice of heaven but there's plenty of interest for people of all ages and levels of computer geekiness to enjoy at this great little site.
Written March 27, 2019
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Thank you, so glad you enjoyed it. Please do come back, I'm sure your wife would like the opportunity of a rematch :-)
Written July 24, 2019
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Wanderers of the World
Bristol, UK167 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
This is an excellent place to visit!! There are so many varied pieces of computing equipment on display and they operate a "hands on" approach here.

Plus there's a gaming section, which allows you to while away some time playing old Nintendo and PlayStation games.

Such a good couple of hours for a super cheap entrance fee!
Written March 12, 2017
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Thank you!
Written February 20, 2019
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