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Computer History Museum

Computer History Museum

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    Aizat F.
    "videos and demos"(9 Tips)
    German L.
    "Amazing!!!!!!! Recommended for geeks like me!"(10 Tips)
    Justin L.
    "Excellent museum to see the history of computing."(7 Tips)
    Andrew V.
    "Where else could this be but Silicon Valley?"(4 Tips)
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  • Khalidheart icon on user image
    KhalidOctober 6, 2013
    Check out the Babbage Machine , it was designed in the 1830s but could not be built because of its great cost. The machine was built using Babbage's design in the 1990s and worked perfectly!
  • Bohdan H.heart icon on user image
    Bohdan HnatkovskyyJune 6, 2015
    The best place to get known about history of semiconductors, computers and technology at all. After 1:00 PM you could sit inside of Google self drive car.
    Upvoted Oct 25
  • Justin L.heart icon on user image
    Justin LisenbyDecember 5, 2018
    Excellent museum to see the history of computing. Goes all the way from the start of recorded history through to the modern computers of today.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BorodachAugust 19, 2012
    Revolution exhibition is very good made, it's worth to visit everyone even those who considers oneself not much interested in computers. I bet you like it, it's not boring.
  • Alden C.heart icon on user image
    Alden CatesApril 13, 2018
    Give yourself about 4hrs to see everything and go at a leisurely pace. Tours are at 12 and 2!
  • Kursad A.heart icon on user image
    An amazing museum where the entire history of computing is on display. Sort of a mandatory pilgrimage for any self-respecting geek. Highly recommended.
  • Paul H.heart icon on user image
    Paul HadfieldJanuary 14, 2016
    Amazing collection of historic computers, all really well displayed. Apparently the Babbage Difference Engine will return to its owner mid-2016 so come to see it in action while you still can!
  • Tom M.heart icon on user image
    Tom MaxwellOctober 8, 2015
    Fun, stimulating way to get a thorough overview of the history of computing all the way back to the abacus! Make it a day trip — there's quite a lot to see.
  • Dasha P.heart icon on user image
    Dasha PozinaJuly 22, 2016
    Museum is very interesting and huge, so don't try to see and explore everything at once, better come here a few times.
  • Christopher J.heart icon on user image
    Christopher JenkinsNovember 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome venue, check out the gift shop lots of great geeky things.
  • Darren M.
    Darren MattinglyMay 12, 2013
    Catch the info on Babbage differentiator if you can. Tour may move too slowly for most & miss some items of interest - I'd suggest a self-meandered pace. ;-)
  • Mahesh C.
    Everyone should see how today's world revolves in computer industry. I really impressed how woman's are involved in their jobs in late century. Growing countries should learn. Don't feel it's useless
  • Al B.heart icon on user image
    Al B.October 10, 2016
    The whole place has been TOTALLY revamped if you haven't been here in years. If you love tech, you're definitely going to love this place!
  • David L.
    David LimJuly 3, 2013
    this is the perfect place for a romantic date. if ya wanna let the special person in your life what's up, double down on the "geek package" nothing says love like rows of silicon and foreign tourists
  • Davide C.
    Davide CassentiJune 18, 2012
    The museum is really nice, there are plenty of things to see and several videos that explain the history of modern computers. A little shop for geek toys also available.
  • Kayvon T.heart icon on user image
    Kayvon TehranianDecember 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    A fantastic collection of computational paraphernalia that puts into context the rapid rise of Silicon Valley. Highlights for me included the PDP-1, the Xerox Alto, and Google's first server rack.
  • Brett S.heart icon on user image
    Brett SiksniusOctober 20, 2017
    Spend a good part of your day here. NERD IT UP! Make sure you you attend the live demos for sure.
  • Avik Kumar S.heart icon on user image
    Avik Kumar SiOctober 23, 2016
    It’s a fine collection of memorabilia tracing the history of computing. There are multiple exhibits which count as landmarks in the evolution of computers.
  • Emilio M.heart icon on user image
    Emilio MartínezAugust 8, 2014
    Really interesting!! There's tons of information about the history of computing and other modern technologies. The guided tour is very much worth it.
  • Lena K.heart icon on user image
    Lena KiddAugust 10, 2014
    Discount on admission closer to closing (2hours?), but need at least 3 hours to fully see everything without rushing. Also Free wifi available!
  • Willheart icon on user image
    WillSeptember 18, 2014
    A lot of stuff to enjoy if you like technology. The galleries are explained for all audiences, not only tech experts
  • Aizat F.
    Aizat FaizMarch 20, 2011
    Come early, there are lots of exhibitions, videos and demos to see! Definitely loved my time here. A must place to go if you love computers. Awesome and passionate staff as well.
  • Peter d.heart icon on user image
    Peter den HartogDecember 14, 2015
    This museum is amazing. Make sure to go for at least two hours.
  • Eduardo V.heart icon on user image
    Eduardo VieroAugust 17, 2014
    There's a lot of tech history inside this place. If you want to know how many of the gadgets you use today was conceived, this is the right place.
  • Stefan W.heart icon on user image
    Stefan WolfrumMay 13, 2013
    If you come late you can save bucks on the admission fee BUT you won't have enough time for this awesome exhibition!! I'll have to come a 2nd time. Too much great stuff!!
  • S. J.
    S. JohnsonSeptember 1, 2011
    "Small but important, this museum is the real deal with almost every artifact of the computing and pre-computing age (make sure you check out their events calendar)"
  • Fernanda R.heart icon on user image
    Fernanda RamírezSeptember 5, 2014
    It's a must for every person involved with science, not just for nerds or computer engineers. And the staff is very nice ü
  • Marvin A.heart icon on user image
    Marvin AndujarAugust 31, 2013
    Great museum if you are into computers. It contains the history of computers from beginning until today.
  • Hemalatha E.heart icon on user image
    Hemalatha ElangovanOctober 7, 2013
    Google street view car section gives wonderful experience. Try to ride the standing street view bicycle which displays the street view when we ride bicycle.
  • Beth H.
    Beth HarmonJanuary 4, 2014
    Plan for a lot of time here. Also the 1 hour cheat sheet is super helpful in not missing the most important things in this jam packed museum.
  • Apirak P.heart icon on user image
    Apirak PanatkoolMay 20, 2017
    Small from outside but Huge inside and very cool for all old Geek 😋
  • Dmitry P.
    Dmitry PolyakovMay 31, 2011
    It's simply amazing. And huge. Plan for all day, if you are gonna stay and read/watch video exhibits information. For me, one day was not enough.
  • Владимир В.heart icon on user image
    A tour was very cool. But I made a second a lap around the exhibition to overview all the stuff.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SherronFebruary 26, 2012
    Of note: Microsoft is virtually absent in this telling of the story (and software is pretty light in general). I'm biased but still surprised by it.
  • Basheerheart icon on user image
    BasheerMarch 4, 2016
    Amazing history. You never get bored here. Very good organized.
  • Diana D.
    Diana DumbraveanJuly 21, 2013
    The Babbage engine exhibition is nice and fun! The guy is really funny.
  • Fast Company
    Fast CompanyFebruary 14, 2011
    In January, this museum opened R:Evolution, a $19 million exhibit about the first 2,000 years of computing. It includes the first commercially available microprocessor, 1971's Intel 4004.
  • Dental Arts o.heart icon on user image
    Computer History Museum 6 minutes to the north of Dental Arts of Mountain View
  • Andrew H.heart icon on user image
    Andrew HolowatyJuly 13, 2013
    Definitely a must if your in San Francisco. 45 minute drive, you won't regret it!
  • David L.
    David LimJuly 3, 2013
    If ya want to meet some very hot and very single PhDs past their 40s, this is the place to be.
  • SEGA
    SEGAJanuary 4, 2012
    I could spend all day in this museum. Check out the gallery of games and consoles and see if you can spot a Dreamcast, Master System, Saturn and Genesis. - Kate, Assistant Community Manager
  • Eric F.heart icon on user image
    Eric FriedmanMarch 2, 2014
    Checkout the old ad campaign remnants where they used old computer chips to make insects - in a glass case on the second floor.
  • Ron v.heart icon on user image
    Ron van ZuylenFebruary 7, 2012
    The world's largest history museum for the preservation and presentation of artifacts and stories of the Information Age.
  • Jim W.
    Jim WardJune 19, 2018
    Excellent exhibits. I could have spent many hours here, but I unfortunately only had about 2 hours.
  • Pierre Nickheart icon on user image
    Pierre NickApril 11, 2015
    One of the best museums I've been to. Arrive early! There's a lot to see.
  • Pavel B.heart icon on user image
    Pavel BilenkoMarch 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great museum with a great store and exhibition! First place in Silicon Valley to go.
  • Davita S.heart icon on user image
    Davita StrongDecember 23, 2015
    Could have spent the whole day here! Highly recommend the IBM demo.
  • Vasilis K.
    Vasilis KandylasJanuary 3, 2015
    Plan to spend twice as much time as you would expect, it's that amazing. !1!
  • Wilhelm F.heart icon on user image
    So much great stuff, it would take several hours to see it all!
  • Robert V.
    Robert ViceAugust 25, 2011
    As one already said, you cannot see this all in one day (we were given a special viewing for IEEE Sections Congress from 7-10pm and only got to see half of it while running through the rest)
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