My wife and I visited the Centre for Computing History last week. Just as we were arriving, a school was leaving, so we had the place to ourselves. Although it's not a huge place, the fact that you can interact with everything makes it last 10x longer than a typical museum. It also means that it's decent value for money.
The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, giving us a good talk near the beginning. It seems that there is more of a focus on the gaming side of computers, which was perfect for us, but others might not be so interested in this aspect. That's not to say that there aren't other things, for example old tape readers.
One aspect I'd like to see covered a bit more is the history of Windows PCs. While the game consoles ran through the 80s to early 00s, the 'PC' side of things seemed to stop in the late 80s. It would be good to see early Windows, 3.1, 95 and so on. It might be that there is usually more on this, but we were visiting the day before Sir Clive Sinclair visited, so the smallest room wasn't in its usual configuration.
It was really great to be able to play games from my childhood, from before, and even all the weird consoles like CD-I and Atari Jaguar which hardly anyone ever got a chance to try.
If you get cold easily, I'd recommend taking a jacket as the largest room was pretty cool. We didn't mind as we'd prefer they keep the prices lower rather than getting a massive heating bill - I imagine it costs a lot already for electricity, running ~100 monitors and devices.
We hope to visit again in a few months, and hope the centre continues its good work.
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