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Computer History Museum

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  • Don't forget it is Thanksgiving Day today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
  • Drew
    "brilliant PDP-1 demo"(9 Tips)
    German L.
    "Amazing!!!!!!! Recommended for geeks like me!"(9 Tips)
    Kayvon T.
    "rapid rise of Silicon Valley."(4 Tips)
    Diana D.
    "The Babbage engine exhibition is nice and fun!"(6 Tips)
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  • Brett S.
    Brett SiksniusOctober 20
    Spend a good part of your day here. NERD IT UP! Make sure you you attend the live demos for sure.
  • Bence F.
    Bence FaludiAugust 20
    Awesome, and the t-shirt looks good.
  • Wilhelm F.
    So much great stuff, it would take several hours to see it all!
  • Apirak P.
    Small from outside but Huge inside and very cool for all old Geek 😋
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  • Louise B.
    Louise BrandtFebruary 18
    Docent tour was very interesting and worth taking!
  • Avik Kumar S.
    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.
  • Al B.
    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!
  • Odile R.
    Odile RoujolAugust 3, 2016
    Awesome #batch17 #500strong
  • Dasha P.
    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.
  • George T.
    George TsonevApril 23, 2016
    Fantastic time!
  • Daron Y.
    Daron YondemMarch 24, 2016
    One of the largest collection I have seen so far. Awesome!
  • German L.
    German LettieriMarch 6, 2016
    Amazing!!!!!!! Recommended for geeks like me!
  • Muhammad B.
    Muhammad BasheerMarch 4, 2016
    Amazing history. You never get bored here. Very good organized.
  • José N.
    José NavarroJanuary 23, 2016
    The museus is very detailed and fun
  • Paul H.
    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!
  • Davita S.
    Davita StrongDecember 23, 2015
    Could have spent the whole day here! Highly recommend the IBM demo.
  • Peter d.
    Peter den HartogDecember 14, 2015
    This museum is amazing. Make sure to go for at least two hours.
  • Christopher J.
    Christopher JenkinsNovember 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome venue, check out the gift shop lots of great geeky things.
  • Bert F.
    Bert ForsytheNovember 19, 2015
    Any demo is incredibly gratifying
  • Nilo V.
    Nilo Vásquez A.October 21, 2015
    Take a time to watch what you think is present but is already past.
  • Tom M.
    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.
  • Igor K.
    Igor KorinSeptember 22, 2015
    Superb place to touch the history of CS
  • Andrea S.
    Andrea S.August 13, 2015
    Half price if you come two hours before closing.
  • Go Find Alice
    Go Find AliceJuly 13, 2015
    Pretty cool museum!
  • Ben H.
    Ben HowdleJune 29, 2015
    Fascinating
  • Stan C.
    Love this place. If you are a geek, must come! Inspirational.
  • Diana A.
    Diana ArzJune 7, 2015
    Incredible museum!
  • Bohdan H.
    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.
  • Marcel J.
    Marcel JackwerthMay 30, 2015
    Amazing collection of everything related to computers of our history.
  • Paul L.
    Paul LammertsmaMay 26, 2015
    A real treat for geeks! Nice venue for events, as well.
  • Brian I.
    Brian IbarraApril 19, 2015
    If you're a computer nerd this is going to make your nerdiness explode lol
  • Pierre Nick
    Pierre NickApril 11, 2015
    One of the best museums I've been to. Arrive early! There's a lot to see.
  • Dong-Hyuk K.
    Dong-Hyuk KimApril 5, 2015
    Good to see the history of computer. Especially US computer history, not whole world.
  • Marianella R.
    Marianella RaygadaMarch 16, 2015
    You must take the tour, its worth it.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenMarch 3, 2015
    Hours are Wed-Sun, 10-5. Closed Monday/Tuesday (though they still answer the phone)
  • Vasilis K.
    Vasilis KandylasJanuary 3, 2015
    Plan to spend twice as much time as you would expect, it's that amazing. !1!
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen ChisaJanuary 3, 2015
    Surprisingly great espresso here--check it out!
  • Shane L.
    Shane LynchJanuary 1, 2015
    Great exhibitions and interesting tours
  • Paul C.
    Paul CothenetDecember 23, 2014
    So much to see. Plan a few hours and a well-rested head. Really worth it!
  • Sudhir
    SudhirNovember 29, 2014
    Guided tour
  • Asuman T.
    Asuman TarimanNovember 12, 2014
    Impressive!
  • Will
    WillSeptember 18, 2014
    A lot of stuff to enjoy if you like technology. The galleries are explained for all audiences, not only tech experts
  • WEI W.
    WEI WEISeptember 17, 2014
    IBM 140x computer live demo on 11AM!
  • Noel G.
    Noel GreenSeptember 14, 2014
    Awesome place. Have some stuff I haven't seen in years. Really fun to walk through.
  • Fernanda R.
    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
  • Eduardo V.
    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.
  • Dean L.
    Dean LAugust 15, 2014
    Really great. Could spend a lot of time here geeking out.
  • Lena K.
    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!
  • Emilio M.
    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.
  • Evan J.
    Evan JohnsonAugust 7, 2014
    Super fun exhibits for anyone interested in the evolution of computers.
  • Martin W.
    Martin WaichmanJuly 30, 2014
    Amazing place a lot of history
  • Ana Cecilia C.
    If you come with a computer geek, you'll have an even better time!
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DuffieldJune 2, 2014
    You only need about 2 hours for a pretty thorough walk through
  • Pavel B.
    Pavel BilenkoMarch 22, 2014
    Great museum with a great store and exhibition! First place in Silicon Valley to go.
  • Eric F.
    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.
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan LeavittMarch 1, 2014
    Nothing much on mobile. But after all, it's a *computer* museum, not a phone Museum. Much to learn anyhow.
  • Charlotte W.
    Charlotte WeddellFebruary 14, 2014
    From what I saw it isn't worth the price of admission. Not enough exibits to hold interest for more than half an hour. Better off at the Tech Museum in San Jose.
  • Plaza S.
    Plaza ScienceJanuary 30, 2014
    Check our photo of Apple Lisa II of Computer History Museum and many more on Plaza Science. Read more
  • SuHun H.
    SuHun HanJanuary 16, 2014
    Fast free WiFi Access!
  • Zachary S.
    Zachary SlaterJanuary 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Demand that they show you the golden girl retrospective.
  • 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.
  • Robert M.
    Robert MansonDecember 30, 2013
    Be sure to get here early on Sunday since it closes at 5
  • Sherry B.
    Sherry BourzacDecember 6, 2013
    Sound system not the greatest...
  • Maxim S.
    Maxim SemenkinNovember 13, 2013
    Cool! Must see for all IT-people
  • Luciano R.
    Luciano ReisNovember 11, 2013
    Wonderful machines!
  • Adam W.
    Adam WaaramaaOctober 14, 2013
    Awesome. Every nerd must visit.
  • FluxPM
    FluxPMOctober 12, 2013
    Make sure to schedule your visit to see the Babbage Engine demo!
  • Hemalatha E.
    Hemalatha ElangovanOctober 7, 2013
    Museum store has transistor earrings,necklaces and keyboard keys earring too :). But felt little expensive.
  • Hemalatha E.
    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.
  • Khalid
    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!
  • Lynn H.
    Lynn HuSeptember 28, 2013
    After 3:30pm late ticket is only $6, but I didn't finish the exhibition... (Regular ticket is $15)
  • Matvey E.
    Matvey EzhovSeptember 26, 2013
    Check out amazing geek-themed gift shop
  • Tom S.
    Tom StuartSeptember 24, 2013
    Closed Mondays & Tuesdays.
  • Luis F.
    Luis FrazaoSeptember 11, 2013
    great place to visit
  • Marvin A.
    Marvin AndujarAugust 31, 2013
    Great museum if you are into computers. It contains the history of computers from beginning until today.
  • Ludwig K.
    Ludwig KAugust 29, 2013
    This place is heaven for computer geeks!
  • Ratoo L.
    Ratoo LiAugust 23, 2013
    You need two days for this seriously. And DON'T come here on Monday and Tuesday!
  • Brian T.
    Brian TamayoAugust 15, 2013
    Always have plenty of time to visit all of the exhibit & view the video presentations at each display 👍😃
  • Adam W.
    Adam WeinrothJuly 25, 2013
    When going through the exhibits, count up the machines and devices you've personally owned - it might be more than you think!
  • Diana D.
    Diana DumbraveanJuly 21, 2013
    The Babbage engine exhibition is nice and fun! The guy is really funny.
  • Eric S.
    Eric SantiagoJuly 20, 2013
    Skip the Cloud Café, it's overpriced and has pretty slow service.
  • Andrew H.
    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.
  • 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
  • Nishan M.
    Nishan MannJune 17, 2013
    Photography is allowed. Just no flashes.
  • Damien D.
    Damien DonnellyJune 12, 2013
    Come at 1pm for the difference engine demo.
  • Steven w.
    Steven wangJune 5, 2013
    No back pack allowed in here
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LuoMay 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is awesome, be there earlier and enjoy four hours there.
  • Stefan W.
    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!!
  • 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. ;-)
  • Goldfish B.
    Goldfish ButtMay 8, 2013
    This place is awesome!
  • Alexey P.
    Alexey PetrenkoFebruary 23, 2013
    Very interesting museum.
  • Tony R.
    Tony RouseFebruary 5, 2013
    Check out the google maps car.
  • Avijeet S.
    Avijeet SachdevJanuary 20, 2013
    Pay extra for the binary t-shirt! I love mine.
  • Nagarjun P.
    Nagarjun PalavalliDecember 21, 2012
    Walk around slowly and watch all the videos for the exhibits, you will appreciate the technology more.
  • Kayvon T.
    Kayvon TehranianDecember 14, 2012
    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.
  • 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.
  • Doug R.
    Doug RayJuly 14, 2012
    For the nerd in all of us
  • 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.
  • Mike Bloomberg
    Mike BloombergMarch 27, 2012
    After demo day, come to NYC to visit or start your business. You won’t regret it.
  • 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.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SherronFebruary 26, 2012
    Good: see just about every (in)significant piece of hardware ever created. Not good: very little interactivity; lots of reading and not much more.
  • Ron v.
    Ron van ZuylenFebruary 7, 2012
    The world's largest history museum for the preservation and presentation of artifacts and stories of the Information Age.
  • David R.
    David RohrsheimFebruary 6, 2012
    Site of the most awesome Stanford GSB party every year
  • gonzalo s.
    gonzalo seoaneFebruary 5, 2012
    Best museum in the world for Computer Engineers and Maths Professionals!
  • Andrew V.
    Andrew ViloriaJanuary 24, 2012
    Where else could this be but Silicon Valley?
  • 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
  • Tim M.
    Tim McCormickNovember 16, 2011
    Previous tip wrong. Is $15 / $12 students to get in, not free.
  • Brendan E.
    Brendan EdwardsOctober 23, 2011
    Play a game of pong... Show the grandkids how it used to be!
  • The White House
    The White HouseSeptember 26, 2011
    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
  • Bruce M.
    Bruce McHenrySeptember 25, 2011
    You too might put $222.78 worth of presents into your flight bag here.
  • 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)"
  • 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)
  • Viktor G.
    Viktor GamovJune 23, 2011
    Come 1 hour before closing and get discount
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • veralease
    veraleaseJanuary 26, 2011
    A beautiful and interesting place to hold an event. The staff are wonderful and very helpful.
  • Robbie
    RobbieNovember 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    awesome place! ck out entrées unlitd. online! best catering company in the bay area!
  • Drew
    DrewJune 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Sean C.
    Sean CampbellJune 23, 2010
    Go see where it all started.
  • Joris E.
    Joris EversApril 29, 2010
    Bring out of towners here on a tour of silicon valley, this was once an SGI building.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BApril 8, 2010
    No Slovenian wooden adding machines here - sorry
  • Jean-Pascal S.
    Jean-Pascal SzelerskiNovember 17, 2009
    Search and find The ZX81 In The museum
  • Michael S.
    Michael SilvertonJuly 13, 2009
    Find out the difference between a PDF and a PDP.
  • francine h.
    francine hardawayJune 15, 2009
    Gives you an incredible look back into the history of something we now take for granted. And how old it really is:-)
  • gammy d.
    gammy dodgerJune 10, 2009
    Go to the Computer History Museum and sit on the bench that runs around the Cray-1 supercomputer
  • @arroyorodrigo
    un imperdible en palo alto
  • Sinem G.
    Sinem G.🚴👣August 13, 2016
    Kalbimin pırrrr pırrrr attığı yerdeyimmmm....
  • Glitch
    GlitchJuly 4, 2016
    상설,기획 전시 전반적인 구성과 소장품,아카이빙 모두 훌륭함.전문적인 엔지니어&할아버지 교수님들이 진행하는 도슨트도 인상적. 컴퓨터 역사를 잘 보여주는 책자도 구성이 매우 좋음.소장가치 있음.그외 기념품라인도 다양.감동의 박물관!
  • Leonardo R.
    Leonardo RodriguezOctober 12, 2015
    Mi esposa y yo somos ingenieros de sistemas y realmente esta visita nos emocionó muchisimo! Todo acerca de la historia de la computación. Una visita obligada para las personas q les interesa este tema
  • Alper C.
    Alper CengizSeptember 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Benim için harika bir deneyimdi. Bilgisayarların yaşam döngüsüne şahit olduk bilader. Pacman oynadım hem 😎💀👻💽💾💿💻👿👽
  • Juan S.
    Juan SeguíAugust 17, 2015
    Imprescindible la visita. Un excelente museo, la historia de la informática bien explicada y que tiene desde ordenadores legendarios hasta el Google self-driving car.
  • Cássio P.
    Cássio PereiraMay 30, 2015
    Visita interessante de 1h vale a pena!
  • Valdeci
    ValdeciAugust 18, 2014
    Maravilhoso, precisa ser visitado!
  • Alexandre L.
    Alexandre LopesAugust 6, 2014
    Todo cara de tecnologia precisa visitar este museu! SENSACIONAL e único!
  • kotyache
    kotyacheOctober 11, 2013
    Лучшее место на земле найдено
  • Wilman A.
    Wilman ArambilleteAugust 17, 2013
    Muy recomendable para nerds
  • Francois P.
    Francois PichardJuly 31, 2012
    Découvrez toute l'histoire de l'informatique de ses tous débuts à celle de demain ; à la fois pour les passionnés et les néophytes
  • morlotte
    morlotteFebruary 28, 2012
    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 ...
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