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Computer History Museum

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Address: 1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043-1311
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10:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Thu 10:00 - 17:00
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Do you like technology? Do you know where it all started? Find out at the Computer History Museum.

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... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 machines in the building. So, put on your propeller cap come to this unsuspecting place and prepare to be amazed. Shhhh...The little known... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 tedious and confusing in both the timeline and topic. Software was thrown in somewhere in the middle, there was one section for Ai/robotics, another for... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely must see attractions. I've been here 2x. You can see early computers, documentation, robots. So much appreciated that this place exists. It brings some great memory.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I spent an entire afternoon here and enjoyed ourselves even though I am neither a geek or a museum fan.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are many museums around the world. Not so many dedicated to the history of computers. This one is very nice. They are regularly updating it. On my last visit they added a section on software covering Gaming, Streaming, Medicine and automation. Well worth coming back to see.

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Apex, North Carolina
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing place especially if you work in the technology sector. It was like walking down my IBM career memory lane. Very kid friendly. The Cloud cafe is not bad either.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As someone who works in a technology field, I was really interested to check this museum out. I found the entire museum to be very interesting and would recommend it highly to anyone with an interest in the history of computing. The main gallery has a huge collection of artifacts spanning thousands of years, from early adding machines to things... More 

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Mountain View, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good information on the evolution of computing from basic counting to self-driving google car. They have some tours available as well which touch upon some of the major inventions. Tip: Check Groupon for discounted tickets. We got 50% off on them.

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Reviewed 20 April 2017

We stopped here when we had a few hours to spare before catching a flight out of SFO. Wish we had come sooner and been able to stay longer (were about the last people out of the place after it closed). This is a fascinating museum! All exhibits extremely well done. Don't think you are interested in computers? You'll find... More 

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Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

I had some time to kill and stopped in. I learned a lot, they are very heavy on the 30s thru 60s on the beginning technology. One big thing I think they missed was the TI-94 computer!!!

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