The National Museum of Computing, Milton Keynes

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The National Museum of Computing located on Bletchley Park is an independent charity housing the largest collection of functional historic computers in Europe, including a rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic programmable computer and the WITCH, the world's oldest working digital computer.

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Corporate sponsors are always welcome: See http://www.tnmoc.org/support/become-sponsor

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  • The entrance took a little bit of finding, but once their car parking was free and easy. Many interesting exhibits, and knowledgeable guides, however some exhibits were out of order and it seemed no o...  more »
  • Having a computing degree, working in the industry for over 20 years and being an avid gamer I was really looking forward to visiting this museum only to leave disappointed and depressed. To start wit...  more »
  • Very fascinating seeing colossus and the very first ever computers, calculators & a few old gaming consoles . It's well worth a visit to see. Very reasonable price and is bigger than it first looks. H...  more »
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  • Really interesting place. Good displays with lots of information. Seeing the computers working is impressive. Helpful staff as well. They did a good job in trying to answer my questions and improve my understanding. Wasn't busy on a Sunday afternoon either so don't be put off going if you think it might be crowded.
  • The star exhibit is the Colossus working replica, supported by other old computers such as WITCH and EDSAC. These are quite something to see. The other exhibits are a bit of a jumbled collection - a Cray was in a room with game machines! They need more space. It is unfortunate from an exhibition point of view that as computers became more modern they tended to become grey boxes, progressively smaller, which probably do not mean a lot unless you know something about them already. Nevertheless the enthusiast (mostly volunteer) staff are ready to talk about any of the exhibits. They had an interesting (for geeks!) time line of programming languages, but could do with one for operating systems too. Would have been nice to have seen more on UNIX (sole relevant exhibit was an unlabelled Silicon Graphics workstation in a corner) and anything on Linux - one of the interactive displays could have been on it rather than Windows. Beware that the full museum has quite limited opening times.
  • This is an extraordinary museum tracing the evolution of computing from the slide-rule to modern day computing. The staff are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the content. I cannot recommend it more.
  • Not really for those who don't have any technical knowledge of computers. As a computer scientist, I loved it, but my misses was completely lost. The chap who gave the talk on Colossus was superb, 10/10. I understood every word and was gripped for the whole talk. My misses didn't have a bloody clue about anything he said and found it very boring. The rest of the museum was pretty confusing in its layout, and more of an old storage house full of disused computers. A geeks paradise, but really not for those who dont know anything about computers. While this may seem obvious, normal museums are "public friendly", or "idiot proof" as we say. So anyone can go to them without prior knowledge and come away with loads. This computer museum - not so much.
  • Amazing history! Seeing the work of the code breakers makes you feel very humble and quite emotional. It is amazing on so many levels. That they managed to crack the Lorenz code from a mistake that an operator is amazing enough, but that they made machines to work out possible combinations for the machine settings AND the machines worked! It was also great to see old computers from my youth, brought back some great memories.

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