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Computer History Museum

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Address: 1401 N Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA 94043
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+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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The museum was fascinating and makes you really think about the rapid acceleration of our technological capabilities and data storage costs and capacities. Some of the 1970s... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The museum was fascinating and makes you really think about the rapid acceleration of our technological capabilities and data storage costs and capacities. Some of the 1970s modules became a little tiresome after a while. It's worth getting in on a tour rather than walking through on your own: much more interesting with a guide's input.

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Remarkable. Thought it couldn't be that interesting but wow was I wrong. It could take you at least 2 or 3 hours to see this. At first I thought the price of it was expensive until I visited. The museum covers from the abacus to present day representation. Don't miss this.

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Aberdeen, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Saratoga, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks 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 3 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

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San Diego, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

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 

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