Computer History Museum
Computer History Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • LUIS H
    10 contributions
    Explores the evolution of computing up to the internet age!
    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.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 16, 2023
  • Wendy G
    Box Hill, Australia321 contributions
    More fun than it sounds!
    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.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 31, 2023
  • Elina Michaelidou
    London, United Kingdom584 contributions
    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 August 10, 2023
  • DOITYMAY
    Cardiff, United Kingdom155 contributions
    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 September 22, 2023
  • FuzzyBeaver
    Montreal, Canada1,262 contributions
    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 January 12, 2024
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FuzzyBeaver
Montreal, Canada1,262 contributions
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 January 12, 2024
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DOITYMAY
Cardiff, UK155 contributions
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 September 22, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Elina Michaelidou
London, UK584 contributions
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 August 10, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Wendy G
Box Hill, Australia321 contributions
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 March 31, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

LUIS H
10 contributions
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 March 16, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

boymomdfw
Dallas, TX1,813 contributions
Feb 2023 • Solo
This museum is FULL of so much information! It's crazy how much there is to see! I could have spent a good 2 hours here! I relived my oast!
Written February 12, 2023
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chhoisham
2 contributions
Dec 2022
A lot great exhibits and very educational. I had a great time learning about the evolution of computing and computer over time. Love it.
Written December 8, 2022
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Dan P
1 contribution
Mar 2022
An impressive collection. One day is not enough to take it all in. I was there for five hours and had to skip more than I wanted.
Written March 28, 2022
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Nick H. Bell
San Jose, CA5 contributions
Sept 2020
The museum is amazing and a must see for everyone who loves technology and wants to learn more about the history present and future of computers and their power. This is quite large place and with so many interactive areas so plan few hours of fun time there. Museum is great for kids and adults. My family spent the whole day there and the food is amazing too. We will definitely be back.
Written May 16, 2021
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Mireya L
San Jose, CA3 contributions
Apr 2021
Parking is very easy to find. The museum has so much interesting stuff that I wasn't even aware of it. If you are in Mountain View, You should certainly check this place out.
Written April 23, 2021
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COMPUTER HISTORY MUSEUM - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)