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. Use our Mountain View trip planning website to visit Computer History Museum on your trip to Mountain View, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Great time looking at all the early computer equipment. Many of which I have used myself. The Computer History Museum is well laid out and very well equipped with what used to be modern equipment. Thi...  more »
  • This type of museum would be a real challenge to put together I imagine given the many varied perspectives and angles one could take. I think they did a great job summarizing a lot of early history of...  more »
  • Visiting between business trips. It was a great stay. Japanese in-house guide in writing one piece of Pera, but there is no translation voice service. You can feel the development of semiconductors and the computer industry in Silicon Valley live. While watching the IBM large general-purpose machine and the initial Apple's real machine. I want to see the elementary school high school student who is interested in the computer by all means. It is recommended for an adult.
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  • The museum provides an easy to follow path to follow as you trace the history of computers. It is full of helpful information and provides plenty of opportunity for learning more. The museum is word based rather than interactive and visceral. Great if you are into computers not so sure about the general public interest level.
  • Great museum on a unique topic. You won't find another place on this subject with as deep and interesting coverage as the computer history museum. Great Cafe and gift shop, too. Great location. Take a walking tour of Google while you're there!
  • If you want a great look at the history of computing you must come to this place. It is fascinating to see how quickly technology has advanced over the years and coming here gives you a great perspective on the path that led to our current tech climate. They also have great guest speakers that you can sign up to hear. Definitely check this place out!
  • It is the right place to visit with the family. Specially if you kids who are interested in coding and programming, technologies and engineering in general. Strongly recommend. My favourite part is IBM lab room. Strongly recommend.
  • I am leaving a review for the staff and the event spaces. The building itself is nice and very well maintained. The staff is super helpful. The Hahn hall is almost turnkey. You don't need much setup done. The Grand hall is almost bare. You'd have to do a lot of work in that room. From getting additional chairs to audiovisual to getting a stage. The halls do not have dividers so if you're thinking about renting one hall and trying to run parallel sessions, this may be impossible unless you go sourcing dividers from outside.
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