Trip Planner:   USA  /  California  /  Mountain View  /  Museums  /  Computer History Museum
Computer History Museum, Mountain View
(4.6/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
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.
Create a full Mountain View itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Mountain View

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Mountain View by other users

9 days in San Bruno, San Francisco & Mountain View BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND December, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 9 days in San Bruno, San Francisco & Mountain View BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND December, culture, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 35 days in San Francisco Bay Area BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, teens, popular PREFERENCES: January, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Mountain View & Los Angeles BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, kids, popular PREFERENCES: November, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in United States BY A USER FROM HONG KONG November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 35 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in California BY A USER FROM HONG KONG September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Mountain View BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Mountain View BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in San Francisco Bay Area BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Mountain View & Pacific Northwest BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 19 days in San Francisco Bay Area BY A USER FROM JAPAN July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • While in the Bay Area, it's apt to visit this museum to get a flavor of the Silicon Valley. Detailed and fun. There are computer games from 20 or more years back which will remind you of pre-Xbox/PS e...  more »
  • The Computer History Museum offers the complete history of computing--going back to the earliest times when humans developed shortcuts for mathematical computation. They have a wealth of devices--from...  more »
  • Surrounded by old computers, walked the history, origins, and motivations of the pioneers. You can see the original google server!
    View original
Google
  • 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.