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The National Museum of Computing

Bletchley Park Sherwood Drive | Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB, England
+44 1908 374708
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Delight for computer fan

Terrific reconstruction of Colossus machine. Plus room full of old IBM, HP and IBM computers... read more

Reviewed July 9, 2017
Jan R
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Yateley, United Kingdom
Bletchley Parks' little brother

Rather overshadowed by Bletchley Park itself. Not always open when you expect either, only on... read more

Reviewed July 6, 2017
Superdad1948
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Boston, United Kingdom
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The National Museum of Computing, located on Bletchley Park, is an independent charity housing the world's largest collection of functional historic computers, including the rebuilt Colossus, the world's first electronic computer, and the WITCH, the world's oldest working digital computer. The Museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Bletchley Park Sherwood Drive | Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB, England
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Reviewed July 9, 2017

Terrific reconstruction of Colossus machine. Plus room full of old IBM, HP and IBM computers. As well of early Pc and gaming machines. The explaination on how the Colossus machines were used for code breaking was a brilliant insight. Beware not open daily. Check the...More

Thank Jan R
TNMOC, Public Relations Manager at The National Museum of Computing, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2017

Glad you enjoyed it. Colossus and Tunny are open daily, but the rest of the Museum is open at more restricted times - please see the website for details.

Reviewed July 6, 2017 via mobile

Rather overshadowed by Bletchley Park itself. Not always open when you expect either, only on certain weekdays and sometimes not until mid-day. However if you catch one or other of the staff at the Colossus exhibition you will be treated to a very informative talk....More

Thank Superdad1948
TNMOC, Public Relations Manager at The National Museum of Computing, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2017

The Colossus and Tunny Galleries are open every day. They tell the wartime story of the Breaking of Lorenz and the development of the first electronic computer. The rest of the Museum has more restricted hours which are on the website

Reviewed July 5, 2017

What an insight into what went on years ago. Very interesting to see all the old things they have there

Thank loyalgirl2001
Reviewed June 28, 2017

We visited while we were at Bletchley Park, unfortunately one part of the building was not open; think it is only open certain days of the week. Well worth visiting while you are at Bletchley Park

Thank NXW
Reviewed June 21, 2017

Worth visiting when in Bletchley / Milton Keynes area however wouldn't travel 100 mile again to revisit. Not an ideal place to take children .

Thank David J
TNMOC, Public Relations Manager at The National Museum of Computing, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2017

You might be interested to know that during the school holidays, there are often Bytes Festivals - specifically for children and families.

Reviewed June 19, 2017

The National Museum of Computing is situated inside Bletchley Park but is run as a separate entity. It is an additional £7.50 to go in but well worth it if you are interested in old computers or you want to reminisce about your past as...More

Thank deborahk3
Reviewed June 13, 2017 via mobile

Full of history about computing if that's what you like! Good fun for the children and also for us the adults remebering old video consoles and PCs from the eighties.

Thank Joaquin d
Reviewed June 7, 2017

If you were intrigued by "The Imitation Game," you'll find the museum an interesting coda to your visit to Bletchley Park. Learn about Alan Turing's accomplishments as well as those of others who used early computers to break the Nazi codes and shorten the way...More

Thank JamesHJr
Reviewed June 6, 2017

Wonderful to see a surviving Colossus, and also particularly the Lorenz telex coding system. It's a real help in understanding how the cypher was cracked to actually see the Lorenz device - though of course nobody at BP saw one till after the end of...More

Thank Stuart F
Reviewed June 3, 2017 via mobile

The Association of Network Managers in Education has run two trips for members here now and has thoroughly enjoyed it each time, several members that went the first time came the second, and we're already hoping to arrange another trip next year... Great for school...More

Thank Rick C
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poip123
November 28, 2016|
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Response from Victoria A |
Yes can visit both Bletchley Park Trust and The National Museum of Computing on one but please note we are separate organizations with separate admissions charges. We only have a very small cafe selling snacks but there are... More
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sleepysheep27
May 16, 2016|
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Response from Stratman2011 | Reviewed this property |
Depending on how much information you want to glean, I would allow at least two hours. If you want to also take a tour in the Tunny and Colossus Galleries then I would allow 4 hours. Hope that helps.
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