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Computer History Museum
Computer History Museum

Computer History Museum

1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, San Jose, CA 94043,

The Basics

Explore the museum’s 25,000-square-foot (2,323-square-meter) signature exhibit,Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing, filled with more than 1,000 objects and a mix of multimedia experiences spread across 19 galleries. See examples of classic computing, discover the stories behind transformative software applications, and learn how to program through interactive activities. New exhibits are constantly being added, and a series of online exhibits cover a broad range of topics related to technology.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Computer Science Museum is a must-visit for technology fans.

  • Book your tickets ahead of time to guarantee admission.

  • Docent-led tours are available once or twice a day.

  • Backpacks and luggage are not permitted inside the exhibit area.

  • Photography is allowed, but flash, tripods, and other equipment are not.

  • Free WiFi is available at the museum.

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How to Get There

The Computer Science Museum is located in Mountain View. It’s easiest to drive; take US-101 or CA-85 and exit at Shoreline Boulevard. By public transportation, take Caltrain/VTA Light Rail to the Mountain View Station. From there, take a taxi or the Mountain View Community Shuttle.

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When to Get There

The museum is open from Wednesdays to Sundays. From mid June to late August, it's also open on Tuesdays. From late March to late October, it's open late on Fridays. Holiday closures include Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

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The Museum’s Artifacts

The museum’s collection of computing artifacts include computer hardware, software, photos, moving images, documents, ephemera, and oral history. They include historic, unique, or rare objects such as an Enigma encryption/decryption machine, a PDP-1 minicomputer, Cray supercomputers, an Apple I, and a kitchen computer.

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