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.

Anyone can become an individual member. See http://www.tnmoc.org/support/become-member

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

For more information, see www.tnmoc.org and follow @tnmoc on Twitter.
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TripAdvisor
  • This museum is very interesting. There's loads on the old equipment such as calculators from the first one to now. There's a part about women in IT which is fascinating and really nice to see women re...  more »
  • We visited the NMoC whilst at the main attraction, Bletchley Park. Being a child of the 80's I grew up right at the time when computers and computing were becoming mainstream and this museum was a fas...  more »
  • Oh dear, their mission statement says "The museum brings to life the history and ongoing development of computing for inspiration, education, learning and enjoyment". The history of computing fulfils ...  more »
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  • This is an absolutely fantastic experience. The staff (mostly volunteers) are extremely knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Steven Kay in particular was brilliant, he spent ages with us and knew about almost everything on site, he encouraged us to try things. Thanks for a great day. You can look at almost everything in a day, or you could easily fill more days if you wanted to look at everything in detail. It works on both levels and kids of all ages seemed to enjoy various elements. Go, you won't be disappointed.
  • One of the two greatest computing museums in the world. (The other being the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley) The NMoC is somewhat smaller than the CHM, but most of its exhibits are not only in working order but *actually turned on and running.* When you combine this with an incredibly knowledgeable and interesting staff, you end up with a place where those who love computing history can get lost for days. I found myself seeing some old machine from the 60's, talking to the guy who maintains it, and having this turn into an hour-long chat about its history, the people who made it and the stories about them, and its design decisions - and halfway through he was pulling out giant binders of blueprints which are the actual circuit diagrams for the thing, and some of its spare boards, and we were talking about this really unusual use of wire-wrapped cores as logic elements. Then I walked into the next room and got into another hour-long conversation with someone else about a different exhibit, no less interesting. And again, and again. The conversations don't have to be that technical, of course - they are full of the real history of the place, and the devices, and of computing as a whole. Playing with the oldest working computer in the world is fun no matter what. My conversations got very technical because this is my profession; but from watching them talk with others, I can confirm that the staff can have excellent conversations with everyone from children to trained specialists. If you are at all interested in the field, the museum is worth a train ride to go see.
  • Worth popping into of you are visiting Bletchley Park in the same area. You can walk to site or park outside the computing museum. If you visit late in the afternoon, you can get in for a reduced fee. The museum covers all computers from Colossus, through mainframes, punch cards, 1980s devices through to modern day virtual reality which you must experience. The museum has a distinctly old school geeky feel about it - some of the kit feels like it has been sitting in someone's loft. Few modern display boards which I like for a change
  • If you like history of computing, that's a place you must visit. There is an interesting collection of computing machines, from old mechanical ones to the milestones of modern computing. The staff is mainly composes by highly passionate volunteers which does their best on highlighting the most interesting less known facts of different machines. I quite loved the section dedicated to the Lorenz machine cracking and the different replica of cracking machines some of which still under construction.
  • Interesting to experience valve technology. The heat they give off is huge. Computing machines. Purely functional and not user friendly.