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Computer History Museum, Mountain View

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Learn about the development of some of the world's most important technologies at Computer History Museum, dedicated to showcasing the profound influence computing has had on human civilization. Visit the museum and follow the history of computing technology from its earliest origins in the pre-modern age to the incredibly powerful and compact electronics of today. Gain insight into certain influential developments by examining the different chronological displays of specific breakthroughs that have played key roles in the industry's history. Don't miss the museum's many life-size exhibits featuring ancestors to today's computers, server mainframes, and many other objects. Be sure to check the museum's website for information about special events, activities, and temporary exhibits. To visit Computer History Museum and get the most from your holiday in Mountain View, create itinerary details personal to you using our Mountain View trip builder.
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  • Our friend seemed extremely interested & knowledgeable in computers, so we choaw this museum as our place to go. We had planned to go there many times, but for a variety of readons we never got there....  more »
  • If you're like me, you will get lost for hours in this museum. It is a treasure trove of the history of computing and everything tech. PLUS, the docents are some of the engineers who invented the mach...  more »
  • Consider the history of computing, it's no doubt there is a lot to capture in a museum. They tried to tell a comprehensive story from the beginning, but as visitor progress the exhibit path becomes te...  more »
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  • It's amazing. If you're fascinated with ancient computers, you should definitely go. It has pretty much all the interesting ancient computers. If you attend IBM 1401 exhibition, they'll let you print a sheet of paper with your name using IBM 1401 and its gigantic printer.
  • Absolutely loved this place!! Definitely geared for those of us that have a reasonable amount of tech experience/knowledge. I brought my high school technology students here for a docent lead tour which I would recommend since our guide (Kim) not only had plenty of info to add about the exhibits but he also made a point to inject his personal industry/era experience. For a high school group consider showing the History Channel's "The History of the Internet" before your visit, this will help the younger visitors better appreciate what they're seeing. Our tour lasted about 90 minutes and we spent another 90 minutes exploring on our own. Next time I'm going to add another hour to our visit.
  • You'll enjoy it whether you're a computer nerd or not. Exhibits go to great lengths to explain technical things so everyone can appreciate the significance. I took most of a Sunday to work thru all the exhibits and had to rush the last third. Excellent!
  • There's a lot to read here and many cool prototype technologies. Even seeing something like a floppy disc in the context of a museum is a (slightly depressing) trip. Give yourself a good amount of time to walk through everything and have some food in the cafeteria.
  • All the history of computers on display. Fantastic examples from the past. Hard to believe that I have more computing power, storage, and easier to use in the palm of my hand than this IBM computer from 1959 that takes up a whole room.