This incredible facility in Moffett Field offers tours of its exhibits on the history of the computer industry. The massive ... More
Computer History Museum
This incredible facility in Moffett Field offers tours of its exhibits on the history of the computer industry. The massive collection of over 3,000 artifacts includes computer equipment dating back to the 1950s. Other exhibits include the history of the Internet and the microprocessor time line. Thousands of films are also available and several free lectures and other events take place throughout the year. Free tours are available Wednesday and Friday, but must be arranged by appointment because this is located on a federal facility. Admission is free. The opening hours vary, so call before visiting.
They had literally tons of great-interest items like:
1-The Neiman Marcus Kitchen Computer
2-A Cray-1 supercomputer
3-The history of storage devices including disk drives the size of a refrigerator that couldn't hold one-thousandth as much as today's iPod
You can see displays of the history of computing from ancient times through modern times. This is very educational.
Also people who grew up with computers like myself will love to see the early models they worked with on display - like seeing an old friend again!
The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. I suggest going when you can take a guided tour to get the most out of it. And then wander around by yourself to spend time with what interests you most.
This the best museum ever! And what a better location then in the heart of Silicon Valley itself. There main exhibit, Visible Storage, is a great walk through the history of Computing and their new exhibit "Mastering the Game: A History of Computer Chess" is extremely fascinating. This place is not for children though. You would probably need to be at least in high school to get a real appreciation for this.
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