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“Geek Heaven”

American Computer Museum
Ranked #1 of 65 things to do in Bozeman
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Owner description: For both Techies and Non-Techies alike: Since 1990 - the world's oldest continually operating nonprofit museum dedicated to the History of the Information Age, Robotics & Social Networking. "Inch for inch, the best museum in the world." - Edward O. Wilson, Professor Emeritus - Harvard. "An eye-opener for nine-year-olds to ninety-nine-year-olds, and you'll find your conversations going back to it again and again." - Montana Magazine. As seen in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, Billings Gazette, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, ABC News, Vancouver Courier, New Yorker Magazine, USA Today, C-Span, ABC News, Distinctly Montana, and many other media outlets...
Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

My husband & 9 year old son love all things electronic, so this was a great free way to spend an hour. The collection of memorabilia is thoughtfully laid out and explained. All exhibits were "looking" exhibits, not touching, so probably less interesting for younger children.

Thank Carrie S
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

This is worth the visit. We were amazed how much was packed into a tiny space. It is very unassuming from the outside since the space is in an office complex. We loved the mix of old historical forms of communication and new technologies. There was great attention paid to giving credit to ALL of the scientists and innovators critical to the evolution of computing. I was pleased to see many women noted among the ranks. Of course, our favorite room had the Apple Computers timeline. The original Apple 1 was there along with many of the older putty-colored models. The staff was knowledgeable and gave tours which will help maintain the attention of younger kids. There is no charge, but you'd be a cad not to put something in the donation box.

Criticisms: The film was not worth our time since it focused primarily with how robots are eliminating the need for human employees. I get it, but it was depressing and off-mark compared to the inspirational and forward-thinking vibe of the rest of the museum. We'd also suggest the employees not eat their stinky lunch in the main rooms as we had to smell it the entire time we walked through.

Thank 2Webers
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

This is a surprising free museum that really chronicles the history of communications/information technology. For anyone who has lived through the explosion in electronics and computer technology, this is a trip down memory lane. Remember the TRS80 computer? Giant portable phone? Apple IIe?
... and it's free!

1  Thank Karl B
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

My husband would probably rate this a 5. There is more than just computers. There is an old printing press, old telecommunication devices, old robot toys, there's the old telephone board that you'd have to connect the wires by the operator. Lots of fun stuff to learn, remember and enjoy. Free, but donations appreciated.

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Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

Small but fascinating museum. Though situated in a office park and the building interior is noveau bland, the nice array of computing and robotic artifacts had our whole family engaged for a good 90-minutes or more. Can't beat the price (voluntary donation) and they have a well curated little gift shop with high-educational/fun factor and almost zero schlock/commercial junk. The greeter/docent was charming, knowledgable and friendly. She gave us a brief but thorough introduction then left us to explore without interruption. Exhibits ranged from the early history of communications, to the age of optimism (1950's) to present day. Some of the most fun was showing our kids the clunky old technology we used to use (Motorola flip phone, Apple Macintosh from 1984, Atari game consoles). Good little write-ups by most objects allowed independent exploration for our 11-year old. The 5-year old had a lot of fun and wasn't bored at all. But this is NOT a hands-on interactive experience for the most part. Definitely worth a visit for the science- or technology- minded and plenty to interest just about anyone.

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