The Museum of Computing, Swindon

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  • It doesn't take long to view this collection of old computers and early computer games. It's probably a niche interest museum, but nice to be reminded of the simple games that amused us in the 80s.  more »
  • It was interesting to see and understand how computers have developed. Have a great old skool computer gaming section. Recommended.  more »
  • Stopped in Swindon on route to Bath to break up our long journey. I'd been looking for places to visit and what a gem we found - the Museum of Computing! 13yo, 7yo and hubby all had a great time playi...  more »
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  • Cracking little museum and very cheap at £2. We spent about an hour here but I certainly could have spent longer. Chock full of computers to reminisce over: BBC Micro, Atari(s), Sega Master System, ZX Spectrum, Duck Hunt on the original Nintendo, typewriters, all generations of the Apple Mac.... and many, many more. I had the most fun playing Sonic the Hedgehog - a game I last played over 20 years ago!! The most interesting bits were the typewriters, toys and all the different controllers. Controllers included a Power Glove that was an idea well ahead of its time but technological capabilities couldn't support it. For the adults, you wander round saying "aaah do you remember that??". There is also loads of stuff for the kids (and big kids) who didn't see the eighties, nineties or noughties: games to play, Lego and a type your own BBC Micro program. There is also a little bit of history, including Alan Turing and where the phrase "computer bug" comes from. The older computers could have done with a bit more instruction but overall this place is a little gem.
  • Great little nostalgia trip. Great hands on with the old tech and plenty of gems to see. It's not big but is jam packed with stuff.
  • Bring your youngster down for a look! The museum was an extremely interesting place to check out.
  • If you are a bit of a tech head and want a trip down memory lane then this is definitely a place to visit .... on your own or a large group the museum caters for all . Very enjoyable experience
  • As a child of the 1980s who loved technology, I was astounded to find pretty much every computer and video game I ever had. Being able to actually play on a ZX Spectrum +2, loading a game from tape was a nostalgic delight that sent a shiver down my spine! They even have an incredibly rare Sam Coupe. The museum is run by a friendly, knowledgeable and helpful bunch who understand and love what they are curating. The museum is not huge, but there are loads of hands on things to play with so there's plenty to keep children entertained. It's very educational too, you can show your children the massive leaps in technology so they have some idea where their PS4 has evolved from! Highly recommended for anyone with even a passing interest in technology.

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