Computer History Museum, Mountain View

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Learn about the development of some of the world's most important technologies at Computer History Museum, dedicated to showcasing the profound influence computing has had on human civilization. Visit the museum and follow the history of computing technology from its earliest origins in the pre-modern age to the incredibly powerful and compact electronics of today. Gain insight into certain influential developments by examining the different chronological displays of specific breakthroughs that have played key roles in the industry's history. Don't miss the museum's many life-size exhibits featuring ancestors to today's computers, server mainframes, and many other objects. Be sure to check the museum's website for information about special events, activities, and temporary exhibits. Use our Mountain View trip planning website to visit Computer History Museum on your trip to Mountain View, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • 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....  more
    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....  more »
  • This overwhelming museum covers the history of computing starting from ancient times (from counting machines like the abacus and mechanical devices for computing astronomical information) through the....  more
    This overwhelming museum covers the history of computing starting from ancient times (from counting machines like the abacus and mechanical devices for computing astronomical information) through the....  more »
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  • I was visiting the area for a wedding so I had some extra time to kill before my flight and I’m glad I chose to see this museum to fill that time because there is so much to see with so many well detailed exhibits and real world examples. I spent about two hours devouring as much of the content as I could. I myself was a finance major and work in investments so I don’t have a technical or professional background in computers but I use them every day at work and in my personal life so I was surprised to see how much I recognized and could understand. They do a great job dividing it into many different sections and numbering each one with a defined walking path that takes you from start to finish. There are video, pictures, information boards, interactive video games you can play, movies to watch, and so many other things that really allow you to immersive yourself into the material. Overall I would recommend to anyone even if you don’t have a background in computers like myself. Parking is extremely easy and pricing is fair so there really is no reason not to go. Enjoy!
  • If you are passionate about technology, this museum is a must-see. I was fortunate that Dave, the gentleman who was my guide at the museum, had lived through much of the recent history of technology, and you could tell he loved it. You'll see early transistors, hard drives, computers and even the first Apple prototypes or the first Google server. A visit you will enjoy for sure. Don't hesitate, visit it.

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