Derby Computer Museum
Derby Computer Museum
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Speciality MuseumsChildren's MuseumsGame & Entertainment CentresHistory Museums
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Derby Computer Museum is full of hands-on computer exhibits. Play games on a SEGA or Nintendo console, write BASIC software on a BBC Micro, load games from tape on a Sinclair, or use our mini retro music studio. The museum is a registered charity, run by volunteers. We're here to provide a fun day out and preserve computing history. We also give young adults with special educational needs (SEN) work experience.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • tonyfrombelper
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Would highly recommend.
    We visited Derby Computer Museum with our Cub Scouts (aged 8 - 10) in May 2023 Before arrival we were in contact with Rob who was extremely accommodating and gave us all the information we needed prior to our arrival. Upon arrival Nathan and Ben introduced themselves to the Cub Leaders to chat re the changes that had been made inside to ensure the experience was age appropriate. Once inside we were shown around and introduced to all the equipment that was on show - it was obvious Nathan and Ben we both very knowledgeable and passionate about the vast array of kit. All in all a real treat for both the young people and leaders alike. Thank you for being so patient with us - and providing the 'oldies' a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Would highly recommend. 1st Belper Cubs
    Thank you for the 5*s! Glad your cub scouts enjoyed it and hope to see you soon. If you want to let parents know, Kids are £1 during the summer holidays, 1 per full-paying adult.
    Written 2 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Steve S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit, it's about time Derby had an attraction like this. Highly recommended.
    Visited with a couple of friends of mine on Saturday the 29th. Very impressed with the range of exhibits available to view, and the fact that more or less everything was powered up and free to have a play with. The freedom in that regard was wonderful, and personally I was able to get hands-on experience with a number of systems I'd only ever seen behind glass prior. The three of us ended up taking nearly over three hours to go round the place, a really very enjoyable afternoon.
    Thank you for the 5*s! Glad you enjoyed it and hope to see you soon as this beautiful summer weather continues ☔⚡⛈️☁️🌧️
    Written 2 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Pete A
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Retro awesomeness
    Awesome place. Knowledgeable, helpful, likeable volunteers always happy to chat. Derby Computer Museum really reminded me of my love for retro machines, and I've since started to buy upon my small collection.
    Thanks for the 5*s Pete! Don't forget to pop back in and check what you are missing ;)
    Written 2 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Gxy91 .
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very lucky to have this place in Derby!
    I visited here with my 10 year old son and his friend. Overall, it was fab. There were many exhibits and the layout is fabulous. The first floor is reception and the well maintained toilets. And the upper two floors are sectioned into different rooms (ie The Japanese room-Nintendo consoles) It is a cosy place. People young and old were there and it was very nostalgic for me; I grew up in a gaming family. I felt comfortable leaving my son and friend to explore the other floors/rooms without my presence, whilst I having fun on the computers. We spent maybe an hour and 40 minutes here. We probably would have stayed longer if we could obtain a soft drink. It was very warm in the building, although all of the windows were open. We visited mid August; a warm and rainy day. They have a couple of sofas on the upper floor. Maybe that would be a good place to sell cooled drinks and consume them there only. Everybody seemed respectful, so this could be an option. Rob was really friendly and made sure my son was on a better computer to play Pac-Man and also said we could come back until they closed if we wished. Will definitely come again; my younger kids would also enjoy it.
    Thanks for the brilliant review and glad you and your son enjoyed it!
    Written 3 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Steve W
    Derby, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nostalgic gem and a must place to visit you will not be disappointed.
    This place is absolutely brilliant they have a huge selection of computers and games consoles. I took my 6 year old who has just started getting into gaming and he absolutely loved it (once he’d figured out how to work the controls). His mind boggled when he saw the computers that you have to insert a cassette to play. The Japanese room was his favourite with the absolute classics of n64 playing Mario kart the sega mega drive with sonic the hedgehog you really can send a good few hours here. They don’t have any refreshments and probably rightly so has there’s a lot of expensive history in that building and sticky fingers are never good. But they do give you a stamp so you can come back at any time (before closing) on the day and finish your game. You can basically touch and play with anything that’s not behind glass and I can guarantee you will be spilt for choice. So if your kids are into gaming or you just want some classic nostalgia then this place is a winner.
    Thanks for the 5* review Steve! Glad you both had a great time 👍
    Written 3 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 August 2023
  • JDE186258
    Plymouth, United Kingdom20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit
    Great place for anyone interested in computers and gaming - friendly, knowledgeable staff, engaging, hands-on exhibits and good range of computers, consoles and games. Easy to find, plenty of space in each room and inexpensive. Will definitely visit again.
    Thank you for the great review and great to hear you plan to come back again ☺️
    Written 3 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 August 2023
  • MrTrix
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful hidden gem!
    Decided to visit the museum on the day, easily booked tickets online. All the staff were friendly and happy to answer questions and my 9 year old had a great time playing the vintage consoles! Will 100% visit again!
    Thanks for the fab review! Hope to see you back soon *****
    Written 23 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 September 2023
  • OverallFun
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The chance to re-live your childhood
    Derby Computer Museum is more than just any standard museum where one might look at exhibits. It is actively hands-on with the ability to play some of the games you may have had when young (so it is a chance to embrace your inner child). My own brood were very excited by games released before they were born and enjoyed the Pokemon 'treasure hunt' challenge. Given the age of the equipment, sometimes it wasn't always functional but there was so much to see I could have been there all day. Particularly interesting is the influence of Derby on world-renowned computer games. It's commitment to helping the neurodiverse and being a charity are also laudable. The volunteers were all helpful. It is slightly tucked away in Derby High Street but this is an experience not to be missed.
    Thanks for the great review and glad you all had a good time. We do our best with all of the hands-on exhibits and pride ourselves in keeping everything running as much as possible (despite their age!)
    Written 4 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 November 2023
  • David C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant for both kids and adults that love computers and video games
    This place is awesome. They have an amazing collection of games consoles and computers. For me it was a total nostalgia fix and for my five year old daughter, it was an amazing insight into how her favourite video characters used to look and to get to play games with those characters as they were prior to what she currently only knows of them on her Nintendo Switch. Seeing her discover these new games she really enjoyed playing that I used to spend ages playing as a kid and experiencing those same feelings of excitement (and in some cases, frustration!) I had when I first discovered these games is awesome. We both had a brilliant time playing games together and she really loved making music on the Atarti ST. She was also in hysterics trying to convince the priates to hand over the bucket in Monkey Island 2, which really made my day as that was one of my favourite games growing up too. When we left she asked when we can come back, so thats pretty much says it all. A huge thanks to the awesome people behind making this a reality. I'd recommend this place to anyone!
    Thanks for your brilliant write-up, David! That's made our day 😊
    Written 28 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 February 2024
  • Marek W
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super retro gaming museum
    Fantastic, place is clean, computers set up neatly, load your own games! CRT screens give the old computers a better look than a modern hd TV, just great on all levels! Be fab if could get a glass of water whilst there as does get dry with all that gaming and exploring
    Thanks for your fab review - we always let our visitors go out and return via hand stamp - and there are loads of great places to grab a drink on the doorstep. Got to keep these machines clean and dry for everyone to enjoy :)
    Written 28 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 February 2024
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Marek W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Fantastic, place is clean, computers set up neatly, load your own games! CRT screens give the old computers a better look than a modern hd TV, just great on all levels! Be fab if could get a glass of water whilst there as does get dry with all that gaming and exploring
Written 26 February 2024
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Thanks for your fab review - we always let our visitors go out and return via hand stamp - and there are loads of great places to grab a drink on the doorstep. Got to keep these machines clean and dry for everyone to enjoy :)
Written 28 February 2024
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Sherpa53667729673
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We enjoyed visiting the Derby Computer Museum with my son, he loves retro stuff and I enjoyed a trip down memory lane with all the old computers and tech. Fully recommend it to all
Written 18 February 2024
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Thank you for the 5 star review! Hope to see you come back again as we update the exhibits and events through the year
Written 28 February 2024
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David C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This place is awesome. They have an amazing collection of games consoles and computers. For me it was a total nostalgia fix and for my five year old daughter, it was an amazing insight into how her favourite video characters used to look and to get to play games with those characters as they were prior to what she currently only knows of them on her Nintendo Switch. Seeing her discover these new games she really enjoyed playing that I used to spend ages playing as a kid and experiencing those same feelings of excitement (and in some cases, frustration!) I had when I first discovered these games is awesome. We both had a brilliant time playing games together and she really loved making music on the Atarti ST. She was also in hysterics trying to convince the priates to hand over the bucket in Monkey Island 2, which really made my day as that was one of my favourite games growing up too. When we left she asked when we can come back, so thats pretty much says it all. A huge thanks to the awesome people behind making this a reality. I'd recommend this place to anyone!
Written 6 February 2024
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Thanks for your brilliant write-up, David! That's made our day 😊
Written 28 February 2024
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Tourist752593
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
What a fantastic place for kids to explore retro video gaming - and we adults had a great time finding the favourite games of our childhood 🙂 we booked the museum as a private hire for my son’s birthday party and the staff were so friendly and helpful. All the kids had a blast!
Written 5 February 2024
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Thanks for your fab review, and for booking us for your party. We're glad you all had a great time!
Written 28 February 2024
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OverallFun
Gillingham, Kent2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Derby Computer Museum is more than just any standard museum where one might look at exhibits. It is actively hands-on with the ability to play some of the games you may have had when young (so it is a chance to embrace your inner child). My own brood were very excited by games released before they were born and enjoyed the Pokemon 'treasure hunt' challenge. Given the age of the equipment, sometimes it wasn't always functional but there was so much to see I could have been there all day. Particularly interesting is the influence of Derby on world-renowned computer games. It's commitment to helping the neurodiverse and being a charity are also laudable. The volunteers were all helpful. It is slightly tucked away in Derby High Street but this is an experience not to be missed.
Written 2 November 2023
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Thanks for the great review and glad you all had a good time. We do our best with all of the hands-on exhibits and pride ourselves in keeping everything running as much as possible (despite their age!)
Written 4 November 2023
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Ian E
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
So much nostalgia! Absolutely loved reliving my misspent youth on this collection of computers and consoles from the 70's, 80's and 90's.
Written 30 October 2023
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Thank you for the 5*s!
Written 4 November 2023
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Dream37234618960
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Brilliant day out for all ages. Me and the kids loved every minute and the staff were great. Loads of interactive exhibits to play around on.
Written 23 October 2023
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Thanks for the fab review, hope to see you and the family again soon!
Written 4 November 2023
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Alfred A
Hertfordshire66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We went as a family. There was myself who started out with an Atari 2600 moving on down to a ten year old who's grown up with tablets. There was plenty here to keep us all interested. There's lot of machines that you can play on going right back to the consoles of the late 70s up to more modern machines. Something was always available to have a go on, they weren't packing people in so that there would be queues and waits. Well worth a visit!
Written 1 October 2023
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Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit ☺️
Written 3 October 2023
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MrTrix
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Decided to visit the museum on the day, easily booked tickets online. All the staff were friendly and happy to answer questions and my 9 year old had a great time playing the vintage consoles! Will 100% visit again!
Written 18 September 2023
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Thanks for the fab review! Hope to see you back soon *****
Written 23 September 2023
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Simon D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We went to a retro gaming exhibition at Derby Computer Museum and I was suprised at how much they'd managed to squeeze into what looks like a rather unassuming building from the outside.
The children loved playing games on old consoles and BBC Micros and we managed to pass at least a couple of hours - which was more than I was expecting.
Written 4 September 2023
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Glad you had a great 5* visit! Hope to see you back soon 👍
Written 23 September 2023
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Derby Computer Museum is open:
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 - 16:00