Computer History Museum

Science Museum and History Museum
1401 N Shoreline Blvd (btwn Pear & La Avenida), Mountain View, CA 94043
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Open until 5:00pm (Show more)
  • Wed–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
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  • "Check out the Babbage Machine , it was designed in the 1830s but..." (4 tips)
  • "... with a great store and exhibition! First place in Silicon Valley to go." (11 tips)
  • "... the rapid rise of Silicon Valley. Highlights for me included the PDP-1, the..." (4 tips)
  • Fast Company

    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.

    Fast Company · February 14, 2011
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  • S. J.

    "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)"

    S. J. · September 1, 2011
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  • francine h.

    Gives you an incredible look back into the history of something we now take for granted. And how old it really is:-)

    francine h. · June 15, 2009
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  • The White House

    President Obama participated in “Putting America Back to Work: LinkedIn Presents a Town Hall with President Obama.” At the town hall the President answered questions about job creation & the economy. Read more

    The White House · September 26, 2011
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  • gammy d.

    Go to the Computer History Museum and sit on the bench that runs around the Cray-1 supercomputer

    gammy d. · June 10, 2009
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  • Mike Bloomberg

    After demo day, come to NYC to visit or start your business. You won’t regret it.

    Mike Bloomberg · March 27, 2012
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  • Shawn D.

    Absolutely stunning collection. Don't miss the kitchen computer from the early 70's. Read more

    Shawn D. · June 27, 2011
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  • Michael S.

    Find out the difference between a PDF and a PDP.

    Michael S. · July 13, 2009
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  • Davide C.

    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.

    Davide C. · June 18, 2012
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  • Damien D.

    Come at 1pm for the difference engine demo.

    Damien D. · June 12, 2013
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  • Kayvon T.

    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.

    Kayvon T. · December 14, 2012
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  • Andrew V.

    Where else could this be but Silicon Valley?

    Andrew V. · January 24, 2012
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  • Aizat F.

    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.

    Aizat F. · March 20, 2011
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  • Drew

    1st & 3rd Saturdays - catch the brilliant PDP-1 demo and play the first computer with explosions - Spacewar! from 1962. I meet it's author Steve 'Slug' Russell!

    Drew · June 23, 2010
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  • Ryan

    Attended this place sometime back

    Ryan · October 21, 2009
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  • David L.

    If ya want to meet some very hot and very single PhDs past their 40s, this is the place to be.

    David L. · July 3, 2013
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  • David R.

    Site of the most awesome Stanford GSB party every year

    David R. · February 6, 2012
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  • David L.

    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

    David L. · July 3, 2013
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  • Goldfish B.

    This place is awesome!

    Goldfish B. · May 8, 2013
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  • Jason S.

    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.

    Jason S. · February 26, 2012
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  • Ron v.

    The world's largest history museum for the preservation and presentation of artifacts and stories of the Information Age.

    Ron v. · February 7, 2012
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  • Bruce M.

    You too might put $222.78 worth of presents into your flight bag here.

    Bruce M. · September 25, 2011
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  • Ben C.

    They've redone the whole interior and are really showing off their collection now. Read more

    Ben C. · August 8, 2011
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  • Dmitry P.

    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.

    Dmitry P. · May 31, 2011
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  • Joris E.

    Bring out of towners here on a tour of silicon valley, this was once an SGI building.

    Joris E. · April 29, 2010
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  • Tommy S.

    Microsoft company party

    Tommy S. · December 5, 2009
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  • Khalid

    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!

    Khalid · October 6, 2013
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  • Matvey E.

    Check out amazing geek-themed gift shop

    Matvey E. · September 26, 2013
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  • Tom S.

    Closed Mondays & Tuesdays.

    Tom S. · September 24, 2013
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  • Luis F.

    great place to visit

    Luis F. · September 11, 2013
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  • Diana D.

    The Babbage engine exhibition is nice and fun! The guy is really funny.

    Diana D. · July 21, 2013
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  • Alexey P.

    Very interesting museum.

    Alexey P. · February 23, 2013
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  • Jen

    Come check out our @marsdd booth at #StartupGrind 2013 and meet three amazing Canadian startups - @thehammerati @notesolution @tout_it

    Jen · February 5, 2013
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  • Tony R.

    Check out the google maps car.

    Tony R. · February 5, 2013
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  • Avijeet S.

    Pay extra for the binary t-shirt! I love mine.

    Avijeet S. · January 20, 2013
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  • Nagarjun P.

    Walk around slowly and watch all the videos for the exhibits, you will appreciate the technology more.

    Nagarjun P. · December 21, 2012
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  • Alex B.

    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.

    Alex B. · August 19, 2012
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  • Doug R.

    For the nerd in all of us

    Doug R. · July 14, 2012
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  • Jeff

    Pamf event

    Jeff · April 14, 2012
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  • Jason S.

    Good: see just about every (in)significant piece of hardware ever created. Not good: very little interactivity; lots of reading and not much more.

    Jason S. · February 26, 2012
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  • gonzalo s.

    Best museum in the world for Computer Engineers and Maths Professionals!

    gonzalo s. · February 5, 2012
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  • SEGA

    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

    SEGA · January 4, 2012
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  • Tim M.

    Previous tip wrong. Is $15 / $12 students to get in, not free.

    Tim M. · November 16, 2011
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  • Brendan E.

    Play a game of pong... Show the grandkids how it used to be!

    Brendan E. · October 23, 2011
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  • Humberto M.

    Download some apps on the Difference Engine...

    Humberto M. · September 8, 2011
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  • Robert V.

    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)

    Robert V. · August 25, 2011
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  • Oya S.

    will definetly go there in OCT..

    Oya S. · August 21, 2011
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  • kotyache

    Лучшее место на земле найдено

    kotyache · October 11, 2013
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  • morlotte

    Muy bueno, visita obligada de cualquier nerd. Cási lloro con la máquina de Charles Babbage, hay cachos de ENIAC, JOHNNIAC, está la PDP-1, CRAY-1 ...

    morlotte · February 28, 2012
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  • Francois P.

    Découvrez toute l'histoire de l'informatique de ses tous débuts à celle de demain ; à la fois pour les passionnés et les néophytes

    Francois P. · July 31, 2012
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