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The National Museum of Computing
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 1, 2013

The main attraction is the Colossus rebuild program which is fascinating. The demonstrations are well worth watching. The exhibits of old computers and software (and the way they are presented) is a bit mixed and your enjoyment may depend on how many of the machines you have worked on. Being what could loosely be described as "Old", in my case that was quite a few. The staff at the museum are very knowledgeable, including the younger members. There is also an excellent research area if you wish to study a particular aspects of software development.

For some visitors I think the extra admission charge is a drawback but I only paid £2.50 as a concession. I think it is a shame that it isn't all part of the Bletchley Park package but it wouldn't stop me from visiting again.

1  Thank WilliamPayer
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

We held an all-day meeting at the Museum which included good meeting room facilities, good lunch and a guided tour of the museum (including the bits that weren't open). We are a technology company, so it was a great location. The meeting facilities are arguably a little basic, but were absolutely perfect for our needs.
The guided tour lasted twice as long as we had scheduled simply because it was so hard to drag the guys away from the star exhibits. Colossus really is worth the trip alone. The ingenuity and skill of the original is echoed in the reproduction, it's a fascinating machine.
The WITCH computer is like nothing I've ever seen before. Watching a program step through the computer's "memory" is captivating.
TMOC is a great location for a techie meeting day and the staff and volunteers that we met were all fantastic.

1  Thank Johnquirk
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Visited this museum as part of my Bletchley Park visit, Luckily on a day when all rooms were open. It's a separate museum so the ticket of the park won't admit you here, Some of the items on display are connected to the park such as colossus, however the best part for me was the history of computing with the old computers and gadgets on display, It just shows how fast technology changes these days, 15 years ago I owned a mobile phone and psion organiser that are now sitting obsolete in the museum displays. The historical chart linking computers and world events is rather funny though with such gems as Cliff Richard winning the Eurovision song contest and Eva Peron coming back from the dead to govern Argentina. Unless these were intended as jokes, they need to be changed.

1  Thank Maltrueno
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

My wife's parents live in Bletchley close to BP and we visit regularly. Since buying our latest ticket in September 2012 we have re-visited several times during the year which makes the initial ticket purchase price of £12 extremely good VFM.

The National Computer Museum is not part of the Bletchley Park Trust and is ran as a separate entity and the entrance fee is £2.00 to this attraction for which you get to see a working reconstruction of Colossus, which is well worth the entrance fee alone.

See photo's which includes Jean Valentine taken during Veteran's weekend in September 2012.

This is a must see and you can easily incorporate a visit to the NMC during your visit/s to Bletchley Park. And to think all of this is operated with valve technology.

I can highly recommend a visit should you be either a historian, WWII enthusiast or computer buff.

3  Thank Martin G
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We heard about this when we were at Bletchley Park and it is literally around the corner. We didn’t go into the entire museum – we were most interested in seeing “Colossus” – the first programmable computer, so we just paid to go into that section. This is a replica which they built from authentic parts and they give demonstrations of Colossus running. If you are a computer geek or interested in the history of computing, this is a great place.

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