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Computer History Museum

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Address: 1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043
Phone Number:
+1 650-810-1010
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Wed - Thu 10:00 - 17:00
Fri 10:00 - 20:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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I'm not an engineer but ....

This place brings together all aspects of computers. Loved it! Staff is super helpful and knowledgeable not only of museum but also of other surrounding areas. They also have a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Aberdeen, New Jersey
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Aberdeen, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place brings together all aspects of computers. Loved it! Staff is super helpful and knowledgeable not only of museum but also of other surrounding areas. They also have a device that charges your phone as you are in the museum, free of charge to use. I was there on a Weds. where there were tours with a docent which... More 

Thank brizele
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were visiting the museum in a rainy day. It was very very interesting and interactive. I loved it so much.

Thank 527enik_k
Saratoga, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

so many things to see, very well laid out. Loved the interactive exhibits, and the demos of the old IBM and PDP1 labs.

Thank Mary99
Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I grew up in the Bay Area, but an not in the Computer Industry. I enjoyed this museum. I especially like see an Enigma machine from WWII.

Thank DJ B
Luzon, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The 2000 year old history of computing and the history of Silicon Valley all in one roof. The exhibits are very well presented, documented and laid out - a walk from the entrance will take you to the early attempts in computing through ancient calculators to the development of Babbage's Differential Engine and the subsequent involvement of famous names and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really good for programmers and computer lovers. Not for kids in my opinion... it takes 2-3 hours if you explore to depth and dont forget to check the google's autonomy car

Thank Dor B
San Diego, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Basically the story of all that has anything to do with computers, from the abacus to the latest supercomputer and everything in between. Interesting and engaging interactive activities, videos and static displays will keep you entertained for hours while you learn the story and development of computers an all the human characters involved. And also an immense collection of historic... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great place to visit! Easy to get to off the highway, and plenty of parking. As you pass through the exhibits, you go from the earliest form of computation (abacus) to the first computers of the 20th Century. From there, you see the evolution of the room-sized UNIVAC to smaller and smaller systems as the technology progressed. There’s... More 

Thank Dave M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

I expected a lot for from the museum. The storyline is hard to follow unless you're already interested in this history (which my boyfriend was). It's confusing to navigate. If you're visiting the Silcon Valley and are interested in this sort of thing, I think it's an enjoyable visit. But for everyone else, worth skipping.

Thank Aparna J
Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Remarkable history of all aspects of computers, from abacus through mechanical to early IBM through muicrocomputers and smatphone. Much more interesting than you would expect

Thank rupes_Bath

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