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The Centre for Computing History, Cambridge

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Established to create a permanent public exhibition that tells the story of the Information Age, the computer museum preserves and presents a collection of important computers and related artifacts. It spotlights the people behind the inventions and records the information necessary to inspire and enthuse future generations.
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  • Saw the centre online and after checking their website thought it would be ideal for my son, as they have computers and consoles etc for him to appreciate where all his tech has come from ! Think it i...  more »
  • Visiting Cambridge with my CS student, son. Spotted this on possible places to visit and found our way there by bikes. Really cool stuff. They've done a very nice job of capturing time lines and impor...  more »
  • This place is great for any technology enthusiast. You can see the evolution of computers from the very beginning. It is great that you can actually play with those computers.  more »
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  • Super hands on place. Only a few people there when I went (Saturday afternoon) so I could play with all the machines at will. Everything is on free play (they have a few arcade cabinets including Space Invaders). Main room surprisingly large - lots of machines and old mainframe with buttons and switches - kids would love it! Recommended...
  • Very interesting place. Can bring back lots of memories. Some computers are really old. Great for kids, and they can try it all!
  • It's Okay. Not quite as amazing as I was hoping for. Good for a bit of nostalgia. Entry price is a bit high for what it is. But staff member was ok when my wife decided it was not for her and gave a refund after a few minutes. My son and I did however spend a while checking out the eclectic range of items on display. One problem is that many of the items are not labelled at all - they look interesting but you have not got a clue what they are.
  • Albeit small, this place has a lot of computing history crammed under one roof. The amount of stuff under one roof is quite something. The exhibits themselves are not behind glass, so you can interact with them and fiddle around with the tech available. Some of the computers available are even turned on and are actively encouraged to be fiddled with. As well as that, there is a large gaming section which has everything from Atari to Nintendo. The staff at the museum are always willing to help out with any queries you have.
  • Good amount of history and lots of things to interact with, especially if you like old video and arcade games.

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