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The National Museum of Computing
Open today: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Very interesting

This is Bletchley Park‘s poor relation in terms of finance but the sheer enthusiasm and expertise... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Modern history of computing made accesable

Came as part of a mini break with husband spent a good couple of hours viewing the various... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited at the end of a day at Bletchley Park. I wish we had given it more time. We only allowed an hour and we’re given a very potted history if the machines so we’ll need to do yet another visit.
The museum is staffed by very enthusiastic volunteers who are keen to explain the background to the exhibits.
We saw and a Lorenz coding machine, and a working Colossus computer.
There was also an IBM 370 computer, card punch machine and printer. The last time I saw one of those was at work (ho hum).
It’s a mystery why a combined ticket with Bletchley is not available. It seems that both organisations have much to offer the other but they seem to operate totally separately.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Linda R
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jacquigarrad, Manager at The National Museum of Computing, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is not big but, if anything, more interesting than Bletchley Park itself. The problem is that it is poorly signposted and I'm sure many visitors to Bletchley Park are not even aware of it. Bletchley Park itself seems not to publicise it. One has to ask at the desk where the Colossus computor is situated, and then they will give you directions. Even then, there are very few signposts to show you the way.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Chris T
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jacquigarrad, Manager at The National Museum of Computing, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you, we have added a map to our images which we hope will assist visiting getting to us once they arrive on the Bletchley Park estate.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As someone who has worked with computers since the 1970s this was a trip down memory lane. However the standout is the wartime exhibits, which are brought to life (literally) by the knowledgeable and friendly staff.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Tony A
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Reviewed September 11, 2019 via mobile

The in depth talks from your volunteers was a wonderful surprise and really allowed us to get a better understanding of both the Bombe and Colossus. There was also a brilliant range of interactive exhibits that were enjoyed by all. Very informational yet fun; definitely worth the money!

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed September 5, 2019

For context I had visited Bletchley Park the day before.

My experience at The National Museum of Computing was outstanding, due to two strong factors firstly the content and secondly the staff. Notably they have a working Bombe replica to which Bletchley Park had in contrast a cardboard box cutout. A gentleman named John gave an incredible informative explanation and demonstration in real time decrypting a german enigma message. With Johns enthusiasm he gave an outstanding concise clear explanation of the importance of the machine in both how it worked and its ultimate importance to the British WW2 victory.

Though the working Bombe is just the tip of the Iceberg. This is only the beginning as the staff continue to take you through the development of computers to the modern day. A true awe inspiring transformation of the modern age from room sized computers to the commonplace smartphone age today. I must mention here a gentleman named Robert, one of many circulating staff on hand at all times eager to talk, he took the time to talk to myself about anything I could think to ask.

They have numerous interactive exhibits of old computers, if you fancy a trip down memory lane of the past they have space invaders all the way up to Virtual Reality there!! To which I must mention Mark and Zach who work in the modern area, both enthused young chaps who again like all the Staff were more then happy to make your day!

Unlike Bletchley the price is damn right a steal, you will not regret going as letting your mind wonder here is pure bliss, you could spend the whole day playing video games, programming, participate in exhibit talks and have a quite cup of tea in the sun with some food and much much more!

Final note, they are located in the Bletchley Park car park at the back, so drive past the awful Bletchley Park itself and enjoy the superior attraction!

Date of experience: September 2019
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