Computer History Museum
Computer History Museum
4.5
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Elina Michaelidou
    London, United Kingdom709 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting museum to spend a couple of hours
    This was a great stop during our Silicon Valley driving tour. There were a lot of exhibits about the history of computation and the development of computers and the computer science field in general. We spend around 2 hours there, but we could have spent longer as there are a lot of things to see and there are even a few interactive exhibits. Lastly, the shop had various cool gifts to get.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 August 2023
  • DOITYMAY
    Cardiff, United Kingdom165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb
    As we were in San Jose we thought we would visit here. This museum is superb. So much to see. And being 64 years old I could remember a lot of the old style computers. It takes you down memory lane. We had a ham and cheese toasted and a pizza in the cafe. They were excellent. All prepared fresh as you wait We sat outside in the sunshine to eat them. That was fine but as next to a busy road was very noisy. The young man on the desk when we checked in on the afternoon of Thursday 22 sept was absolutely fab. Very friendly and funny. He is a delight to have there at the museum. Sorry I did not get his name. We spent a few hours there and was well worth it. Only $19 per person and worth every penny.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 September 2023
  • FuzzyBeaver
    Montreal, Canada1,214 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing museum not to be missed
    This is a huge museum packed full of interesting exhibits. They also do a great job of keeping up with evolving trends such as artificial intelligence. The place is so large you will want to go back again and again. Be sure join the various special presentations. The docents are so dedicated and passionate. An absolute must-see museum.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 January 2024
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DOITYMAY
Cardiff, UK165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
As we were in San Jose we thought we would visit here.
This museum is superb. So much to see. And being 64 years old I could remember a lot of the old style computers.
It takes you down memory lane.
We had a ham and cheese toasted and a pizza in the cafe.
They were excellent. All prepared fresh as you wait
We sat outside in the sunshine to eat them.
That was fine but as next to a busy road was very noisy.
The young man on the desk when we checked in on the afternoon of Thursday 22 sept was absolutely fab. Very friendly and funny. He is a delight to have there at the museum. Sorry I did not get his name.
We spent a few hours there and was well worth it.
Only $19 per person and worth every penny.
Written 22 September 2023
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LUIS H
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Awesome and educational experience that explores the curiosity of where the notion of computing began. This walking tour-like environment displays a comprehensive look at the evolution of early punch card systems (IBM) and calculators to military tech integration and decryption demands. Then leads to the modernization which includes topics of: the analog to digital conversion, introducing the micro computer, robots, the PC, internet age and even the gaming evolution. So much to cover and understand, this is a tech geek's delight. Just be ready to be patient and learn to get the full experience. Plus, plenty of photo and video ops.
Written 16 March 2023
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Elina Michaelidou
London, UK709 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This was a great stop during our Silicon Valley driving tour. There were a lot of exhibits about the history of computation and the development of computers and the computer science field in general. We spend around 2 hours there, but we could have spent longer as there are a lot of things to see and there are even a few interactive exhibits. Lastly, the shop had various cool gifts to get.
Written 10 August 2023
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Wendy G
Box Hill, Australia354 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This museum was on our list to visit, due to my husband’s interests. We visited together, on the understanding that if and when I was bored, I could wander over to the nearby Starbucks and read a book. But no book reading was done today. This museum was engaging on every level, and not just for the computer nerd! The information was interesting, displays fantastic and there were a range of ways to access information including great short videos. The layout was clear, easy to follow, showed a clear progression and the collection was fantastically curated. We had planned a half day here but ended up having a sandwich at the cafe and spending most of the day. Definitely to be recommended.
Written 31 March 2023
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FuzzyBeaver
Montreal, Canada1,214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This is a huge museum packed full of interesting exhibits. They also do a great job of keeping up with evolving trends such as artificial intelligence. The place is so large you will want to go back again and again. Be sure join the various special presentations. The docents are so dedicated and passionate. An absolute must-see museum.
Written 12 January 2024
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MSLAMT
MOUNTAIN VIEW27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013
The exhibits are very well laid out, very interactive, the musuem isn't overly crowded, so I felt comfortable working at my own pace. I only got through 2 rooms out of 19 in 90 minutes. Will definitely return.
Written 29 January 2013
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interceptpubs
Columbus, IN974 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This overwhelming museum covers the history of computing starting from ancient times (from counting machines like the abacus and mechanical devices for computing astronomical information) through the industrial revolution (punched cards for controlling looms and mechanical computers like babbage's engine) to the modern era (from sophisticated mechanical analog computers to the modern electronic digital computers) in great detail. Indeed, it is almost overwhelming (25,000 square feet and over 1,000 historical objects). It was something of a personal history for us - we can remember getting an abacus as a grade schooler, using a slide rule in high school (the last class to be taught how to use the slipstick), typing in punched card programs in our first FORTRAN class in college, buying our first personal computer (an Osborne of all things - a marvel at the time, but today a bad joke), and designing gas turbine engines with supercomputers as an engineer. We were able to find almost every computer related device we've used over the last 50 years here on display - plus many things we'd only heard about or knew only from their applications to make the modern world possible.

You can easily spend hour upon hour here - indeed, if like us, your time is limited it can be a bit frustrating: so much to see, so little time. The general admission price is around $20, but we lucked out and visited on Bank of America day (or whatever they called it). By showing our BoA credit card, we got free admission. Sadly we see the museum is currently closed due to COVID, but we heartily recommend you make a visit once it reopens.
Written 30 January 2021
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Jose Lejin P J
Bengaluru, India1,847 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Excellent museum to visit. The museum mainly showcases the stories and artifacts of the digital computing revolution with historical details. It has significant collection of computing artifacts with detailed written descriptions. Staff are friendly and helpful. Good parking space. There is a cafe near to the reception.
Written 18 August 2019
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Ken R
Springfield, IL255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
My wife and I spent an entire afternoon here and enjoyed ourselves even though I am neither a geek or a museum fan.
Written 11 May 2017
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The_Chez
Stafford, UK22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Family
If you are a geek or love your computer, games console or just love to see how technology has come along in recent years this place is a must. If you get around the place in an hour I can only imagine that you walked around without actually looking. The building is like some sort of illusion as the museum is massive. It snakes you through the history of the original idea of calculators right through to the modern hand held and AI tech of today. There are few demonstrations to take in and one or two video/film areas that help bring things to life a little more. We loved the ides of trying to find where we arrived into the computing world. We found the first computer we remember about three quarters of the way around. There are a few interactive parts right towards the end when it goes into software and games. You can play Pong on a giant screen and there are a few other games as well. We spent about 3 hours here and loved it, we are geeks but then if you aren't then I would suggest coming here. Just to mention the whole museum is one the ground floor so there is no stairs climbing or anything like that
Written 19 April 2015
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