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The Museum of Computing, Swindon

4.7
#6 of 19 in Museums in Wiltshire
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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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4.8
  • Although fairly small, it packs in a myriad of memories from the last 60 years. With all kinds of calculating tools from abacus to macs, with psion; Atari and all the weird and wonderful. And you can ...  more »
  • We came on a work outing (a local banking society!) and we had a great time. A great exhibition of the lifespan of IT as well as a massive collection of computers, calculators, game consoles. I loved ...  more »
  • This place is amazing and has a little something for everyone. You can get 'traditional' history by reading up on exhibits of the evolution of computers and some of the early pioneers, such as Turing ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Good fun on a lazy Saturday afternoon! Staff were friendly and very generous. Would definitely go again.

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