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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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Tue - Thu 10:00 - 17:00
Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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Fascinating (even for non nerfs)

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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

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Glabbeek, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is really worthwhile visiting. You can see how it all begun with the first computers with mechanical tooth wheels, vacuum tubes, PDP, ... Apple I to the modern systems. Computer modules of the Apollo capsule. And much more. You know what? Go and have a look. A great place for nerds ;-)

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Norwalk, CT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was in the Bay Area on business and wanted to check this place out. I'm thoroughly impressed and had a blast. The admission price was reasonable and the exhibits were excellent with a lot of detail. I used the audio guide app and that was great as well. I'd estimate this to take about 2 hours if you have... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While in the Bay Area, it's apt to visit this museum to get a flavor of the Silicon Valley. Detailed and fun. There are computer games from 20 or more years back which will remind you of pre-Xbox/PS era!

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Computer History Museum offers the complete history of computing--going back to the earliest times when humans developed shortcuts for mathematical computation. They have a wealth of devices--from the abacus to self-driving cars--as examples. The displays are appealing and clear; the evolution of the digital age is arranged historically, but as computing opened up into new areas (animation, for example),... More 

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Roswell, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I moved from Silicon Valley to Sacramento in 1999 then to New Mexico in 2005...so to finally get to go see this museum knowing my husband spent his working years in the computer industry was a thrill. I will always be technically challenged, but looking at the things in the museum and thinking about the changes and growth just blew... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best museums I've ever seen. A must for sny computer geeks. You can see all computers from the history

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

If you want to get the most of out of your visit in Silicon Valley, other than driving through Facebook, Google, Apple campuses. You must pay this museum a visit. It shows a history on how we got here, like a walk down the memory lane. We all can relate. There is a self-driving Google car at exhibit. Budget 2... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This museum is not just for computer geeks. It is the one of its kind of a place which states that they have the history of last 2000 years of computing. A 2 hour visit will be a good enough to get the feel of the place, but if you are really into it, you can spend an hour in... More 

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