The Computer History Museum, Mountain View

Did you know that computer history is 2000 years old?
Have you ever been fascinated by some of the early computers from the 1940s?

If your answer is yes, then you need to put the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California on your bucket list.

However, this museum with its 20 plus exhibits is also a must-see for anyone interested in learning about technology development, and the impact of the Information Age on our society.

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What You Will See

Visitors can explore artifacts like the 1999 Google Server Engine, the 1976 Apple-I, the 1972 Atari-Pong Prototype and the Kitchen Computer created in 1969 that was made by Honeywell and designed for housewives to store their recipes (none were sold!).
Not to be missed is the historic Hollerith Electric Tabulating System, that revolutionized U.S census taking back  1890 and started the use of punch cards in businesses.

Our son with autism was fascinated with the early electronic robot ‘friends’ like Furby that was created in the 1990’s as well as the special edition console that was gold colored (and did poorly in sales.)

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Naturally the number one attention grabber of the museum is the Google car that is also one of the artifacts that one is allowed to touch.

The exhibit explains not only how the car operates but what it actually ‘sees’ on the road.My husband and sons spent quite a bit of time gawking at all the buttons as well as sitting inside and learning how it works.
For those living too far to visit; the Museum has an informative website with several online exhibits worth checking out like Revolution: The Story of How Computers Came to Be, The Babbage Engine: The History of the First Computer, Internet History: and Major Milestones 1962-1992. Since some of these online exhibits compliment the exhibits visitors can see in person at the museum, such as Revolution and The Babbage Engine, it is highly recommended that guests go online and check out the website before visiting the museum.

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Other Attractions

Besides the exhibits, the Computer History Museum has a computer restoration program, for research and collections, as well as giving visitors the opportunity to see some of these historic machines in operating condition.
The museum also has an online catalog search for anyone who wants to explore the over 100,000 software and hardware items at the museum.

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Autism Travel Tips

 Visitors can print out the Visitor Map and the Discovery Deck ahead of time to properly plan what to see.The layout is easy to follow, and the exhibits are well labeled.

The museum asks that visitors do not touch most of the artifacts so that it may be difficult for younger children or kids with sensory challenges.

No backpacks, food, or drink are allowed in the exhibition areas, so you should leave them in your car or at the bag check area.

There is a store and a café for souvenirs or snacks, but if your child is on the pickier side, you may want to bring your own or shop in the nearby stores.
Wi-fi is available in the café, exhibition areas, and just outside the museum, so if your child might need a break, bring your tablet!

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Additional Information

Location & Hours of Operation
The Computer History Museum is located at 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA 94043. As of the publishing of this post, hours of operation were Tuesday-Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm. The museum is closed on Mondays.The museum regularly holds special events, which you can find on the website.

How to Get There
The museum is off US-101 or CA-85 North and Shoreline Blvd. Visitors can also reach the museum from the Mountain View Caltrain/VTA Light Rail Station at Castro St. and Evelyn St. in downtown Mountain View, but it will be about a 2-mile walk from the station.

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Admission Cost
Remember to bring a student ID to get a discount!
General admission cost is $15 for the general public or $12 for students, seniors (65+), or active military with a valid ID.
Look into purchasing a package!
The Super Geek Package includes admission, a laptop sticker and a t-shirt, and costs $28 for the general public or $24 for students, seniors or active military.
The Total Geek Experience includes admission, a laptop sticker, t-shirt, Revolution Memento and the CHM Core Magazine and costs $40 for general public or $36 for students, seniors or active military.

Comments

  1. This is my first time pay a visit at here and i
    am actually impressed to read all at single place.

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