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The Museum of Computing, Swindon

(4.7/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web)
The Museum is not simply a repository of artefacts, but has active displays as well as providing a forum for the provision of lectures. There is a mixture of permanent and temporary displays, many exhibits of which have been loaned by companies and other collectors. It runs exhibitions and events and has strong educational activities including a childrens' computer club and welcomes school visits.
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  • Small museum, but entry is only £2 or so. On one level, it is a chronological exhibit that takes you from Charles Babbage through to Windows 95. They have real valves and tapes which you can look at, ...  more »
  • This is an excellent place to visit!! There are so many varied pieces of computing equipment on display and they operate a "hands on" approach here. Plus there's a gaming section, which allows you to ...  more »
  • Saturday coach trip to Swindon. Trip down memory lane at the Museum of Computing. Interactive educational centre and vintage arcade crammed full of early computers and games. Brought back good memorie...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Good fun on a lazy Saturday afternoon! Staff were friendly and very generous. Would definitely go again.
  • One of the best museums, something for everyone here. Seeing the Elite manual and having a quick bash nearly reduced me to tears. Fantastic place, you will not regret.