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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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Not only for geeks

We had only two hours but loved it anyway. From old huge computers and printers from 1960 to now, you can see the developments in data storage. Robots and computer games, the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Kesteren, The Netherlands
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Mountain View, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Even if the thought of computer history makes your eyes glaze over, this museum will interest you. They should have named this the Silicon Valley History Museum, because you'll find lots of characters beyond Hewlett and Packard who have loomed large in local history. There was a Pac-man game and models of circuits, which is helpful for those of us... More 

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Kesteren, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had only two hours but loved it anyway. From old huge computers and printers from 1960 to now, you can see the developments in data storage. Robots and computer games, the Internet bubble, everything is covered. You can even play Pong and Pacman.

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Portola Valley
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum tracks the history of computers, especially developments in Silicon Valley. The museum is interesting to people interested in how the computer developed, probably best for those with some knowledge but wanting to learn more about the machines and inventors and other Silicon Valley participants in the industry.

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Los Altos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I took a 5 year old who only enjoyed the self driving car and the google earth exhibit. The rest was a walk down memory lane for the baby boomer through Gen X. My father was thrilled to see some machines he had worked with in his young years and I was happy to see the Atari games.

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Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Years before I ever had occasion to visit San Francisco, this museum was on my list of places to see. So when business took me to the area, I made sure to find the time to make the trip to Mountain View. I'm a programmer, but my wife -- who was along on the trip -- isn't, and yet we... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of my teenagers favorite places. A truly great place to learn about the history of computing and how Silicon Valley has paid such an important role. In addition it is not too expensive, kids <13 are free... If you are in the area it is certainly worth 3 hours of your time. Highly recommended.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took our 14 year-old grandson who loved this museum. Unfortunately, the Babbage computer was returned to its owner. There were informative displays and old computers and models.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They got some early computers here, but that's it. Pretty small, I finished in an hour. Free for BofA card holder the first month of every month. Were not for this special free admission, it would not have been worth the $15 ticket.

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Thank Ling R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the best museum's in SC County. Intel also have a facility but I enjoy examining the history of computers. Several local organizations use the facility for off site meetings.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful collection of historical computers, ancient computational devices and new technology. They have several interactive exhibits, free tours (at certain times only!) and recorded audio guides. You could breeze through in under an hour, or spend half a day there - it all depends on your level of interest.

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