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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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  • My boss took me here, as he understands my appreciation for technology :) We got the Super Geek package and I love my binary shirt! The gift shop had some neat trinkets and the cost is about average. ...  more »
  • This place succinctly shows the fascinating history and evolution of the computer age in which we still live. All ages will enjoy and see remnants of the machines and concepts that have brought our di...  more »
  • Worth a trip to the computer history museum in Silicon Valley tour. There is so much interesting for those who like the area. Recommend.
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  • Amazing museum with a very comprehensive collection and an excellent layout. Nerd / geek paradise! Just budget plenty of time. I tried to do their one-hour suggested tour and it was impossible. Plan on 3-4 hours if you're really interested in the long history of computers.
  • If you work with computers it's definitely worth checking out. It's not a good museum overall, though. It can be a bit uneven when it comes to the interactive stuff. The most interesting stuff is the oldest. When it comes to the history of videogames, for example, not much of interest is on display. If you bring someone that knows less than you it's a great way of getting to explain how we got to now.
  • Fascinating collection that covers the history of computing. Exhibits and artifacts range from abacus to the first super computer, the Internet, smartphone, and self-driving cars. Can easily spend 3-4 hours there. Good for all ages and backgrounds!
  • Lots of information. I mean LOTS. I spent hours here and halfway through gave up reading and just walked through, looking at the interesting displays. I would definitely recommend if you enjoy computers, history, and reading – it's a lot to take in.
  • I love this museum. In a way it gives prospective to my life's journey. For years DOS and floppy disks were the stuff of dreams. The museum's extensive exhibits illuminate the 2000 year history of the magical machines that changed the world and the women and men that dreamed and built them. There's even a car driven by a Google Genie. Parking is free.