Computer History Museum

Computer History Museum The Computer History Museum preserves and presents for posterity the artifacts and stories of the information age. The Museum plays a unique role in the history of the computing revolution and its worldwide impact on the human experience.

Spend the afternoon at the Computer History Museum's new state of the art large-scale exhibition. Learn about 2000 years of computing, from ancient times to today's Internet. You will enjoy 1,000+ unique artifacts, hundreds of videos, docent-led tours and vintage technology demonstrations. The museum also has a new café, gift store and plenty of parking. The Museum is the world's leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. It us home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, including computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs and moving images. The Museum brings computer history to life through an acclaimed speaker series, dynamic website, on-site tours, and physical exhibitions.

Thirty years ago, no one thought we’d still be talking about discrimination, gender bias, and sexual harassment in 201...
07/01/2019
Play Like A Girl: How Women Investors Succeed in Silicon Valley

Thirty years ago, no one thought we’d still be talking about discrimination, gender bias, and sexual harassment in 2019. Unfortunately, we are. Changing cultural norms takes time. What can women who thrive in the competitive, male-dominated world of Silicon Valley venture capital teach us in the meantime? Plenty. https://bit.ly/2RRjZBx

What can women who thrive in the competitive, male-dominated world of Silicon Valley venture capital teach us in the meantime? Plenty.

Join #CHM senior #curator @dag_spicer and @hackaday today at noon PST for “Preserving Computer History.” Join the ch...
06/26/2019
Preserving Computer History Hack Chat

Join #CHM senior #curator @dag_spicer and @hackaday today at noon PST for “Preserving Computer History.” Join the chat:
https://bit.ly/2RwvgXK.

Join us on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at noon Pacific for the Preserving Computer History Hack Chat with Dag Spicer! In our age of instant access to the seeming total of human knowledge at the swipe of…

This Wednesday 6/26 #CHM senior #curator Dag Spicer will  be joining Hackaday to chat “Preserving Computer History.”...
06/24/2019
Preserving Computer History Hack Chat

This Wednesday 6/26 #CHM senior #curator Dag Spicer will be joining Hackaday to chat “Preserving Computer History.” Learn more:
https://bit.ly/2RwvgXK.

Join us on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at noon Pacific for the Preserving Computer History Hack Chat with Dag Spicer! In our age of instant access to the seeming total of human knowledge at the swipe of…

In “West Meets West: West Virginia Comes to #SiliconValley,” we're recapping a special @Intuit-sponsored #educationa...
06/22/2019
West Meets West: West Virginia Comes to Silicon Valley | @CHM Blog | Computer History Museum

In “West Meets West: West Virginia Comes to #SiliconValley,” we're recapping a special @Intuit-sponsored #educational #workshop with student #entrepreneurs from #WestVirginia —now on the #CHM #blog. https://bit.ly/2RwPEbh

 Home West Meets West: West Virginia Comes to Silicon Valley  Heidi Hackford  Jun 21, 2019 Exponential Center West Virginia students and instructors explore lessons from Silicon Valley with the Exponential Center @CHM and Intuit sponsors—Executive Chairman Brad Smith, Corporate Responsibility V...

06/21/2019
VMware's Pat Gelsinger

@VMware’s @PGelsinger, named #BestCEOinAmerica by @Glassdoor, muses on the “four superpowers of today” #cloud #AI #mobility and #IoT and more in newly released #CHM #oralhistory. Full version here: https://bit.ly/2ISscBe.

The “Homage to the Information Technology Revolution” exhibition features the extremely rare Apple-1 (Usa, Apple, 19...
06/18/2019

The “Homage to the Information Technology Revolution” exhibition features the extremely rare Apple-1 (Usa, Apple, 1976), on show for the first time in its history complete with the original kit and the tool box Wozniak used to assemble it.
See you on June 19th at 6 pm for the opening at the Cupertino Historical Society + Museum

On May 28, 2019 Alpha Girl Laurie Yoler who helped launch Tesla moderated a dynamic discussion with with book author and...
06/17/2019

On May 28, 2019 Alpha Girl Laurie Yoler who helped launch Tesla moderated a dynamic discussion with with book author and award-winning journalist Julian Guthrie and also featuring Alpha Girl and venture partner Sonja Hoel Perkins and seasoned executive Abe Kleinfeld, a male/female team who challenge stereotypes as they guide Silicon Valley companies to awards for innovation and employee satisfaction and multi-million dollars exits.

On May 28, 2019 Alpha Girl Laurie Yoler who helped launch Tesla moderated a dynamic discussion with with book author and award-winning journalist Julian Guthrie and also featuring Alpha Girl and venture partner Sonja Hoel Perkins and seasoned executive Abe Kleinfeld, a male/female team who challenge stereotypes as they guide Silicon Valley companies to awards for innovation and employee satisfaction and multi-million dollars exits.

Silicon Valley women leaders share their “One Word” of advice which captures personal stories and hard-won lessons l...
06/17/2019

Silicon Valley women leaders share their “One Word” of advice which captures personal stories and hard-won lessons learned. Karen Boezi, Joanna Drake and Laurie Yoler--trailblazing women investors and entrepreneurs of Broadway Angels who have achieved success in the hyper-competitive tech capital of the world. On May 28th these women shared their one word stories.

Silicon Valley women leaders share their “One Word” of advice which captures personal stories and hard-won lessons learned. Karen Boezi, Joanna Drake and Laurie Yoler--trailblazing women investors and entrepreneurs of Broadway Angels who have achieved success in the hyper-competitive tech capital of the world. On May 28th these women shared their one word stories.

If Software, Then SpacePerspectives on Computing and Space HistoryOn June 12, 2019 the Museum welcomed distinguished pan...
06/17/2019

If Software, Then Space
Perspectives on Computing and Space History

On June 12, 2019 the Museum welcomed distinguished panel to provide insights and perspectives on the place of computing in space history: Dan Lickly, who played key roles in the development of the software for the Apollo Guidance Computer; Matthew Shindell, historian of science and a Space History curator at the National Air and Space Museum; and Charles Simonyi, legendary programmer, Microsoft executive, and two-time space tourist.

If Software, Then Space
Perspectives on Computing and Space History

On June 12, 2019 the Museum welcomed distinguished panel to provide insights and perspectives on the place of computing in space history: Dan Lickly, who played key roles in the development of the software for the Apollo Guidance Computer; Matthew Shindell, historian of science and a Space History curator at the National Air and Space Museum; and Charles Simonyi, legendary programmer, Microsoft executive, and two-time space tourist.

“Homage to the Information Technology Revolution” exhibition, curated by Cecilia Botta, offers visitors a series of ...
06/17/2019

“Homage to the Information Technology Revolution” exhibition, curated by Cecilia Botta, offers visitors a series of video-interviews with the players of that era, including John Sculley, Allan Alcorn, Daniel Kottke, Jack Tramiel, Chuck Peddle, Lee Felsestein and Steve Wozniak.

A group of pioneers championing what they called the “noble cause”, which would, over the following 30 years, make information accessible to everybody.

See you on June 19th at 6 pm for the opening at the Cupertino Historical Society + Museum http://www.basicpress.com/contenuti/media/resultmedia.asp?id=143654

Today we congratulate Frank Land, original LEO designer, for being made an OBE today on the Queen’s Birthday Honours L...
06/17/2019

Today we congratulate Frank Land, original LEO designer, for being made an OBE today on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. CHM’s senior curator and North American Correspondent for the Society, Dag Spicer notes, “The LEO-1 was a breakthrough of immense significance by being the earliest commercial application of an electronic, stored-program computer." Land became Britain’s first professor of information systems and is shown here with fellow computer pioneer and 2018 CHM Fellow Dame Stephanie Shirley in 2016.

Our #2019 #issue of Core #magazine is here! Discover stories that exemplify the ways in which people innovate, adapt, an...
06/17/2019
Core Magazine 2019 | Computer History Museum

Our #2019 #issue of Core #magazine is here! Discover stories that exemplify the ways in which people innovate, adapt, and grow, as well as our own efforts to do the same at CHM. You’ll read about a shift in collecting strategy to expand the known history of computing through “outsider narratives”; the journey from idea to startup of well-known entrepreneurs, like Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo and Kiva executive chair Julie Hanna; and several extraordinary stories about the history, people, and future of space exploration as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing this year. https://bit.ly/2RhhaJC.

Core Magazine 2019 Discover stories that exemplify the ways in which people innovate, adapt, and grow, as well as our own efforts to do the same at CHM. You’ll read about a shift in collecting strategy to expand the known history of computing through “outsider narratives”; the journey from ide...

06/13/2019
CHM Live | If Software, Then Space

Humanity’s activities in space have changed how we understand our place in the Universe. Join us for a conversation with experts Dan Lickly, Charles Simonyi, Matthew Shindell and moderator David C. Brock.

06/10/2019
CHM Teen Takeover 2019

Register for our teen takeover event today! Our theme, Idea to Influence, explores how an idea uses technology to become a sensation around the world. Our free event is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you won’t want to miss! Register: https://bit.ly/2WvWG0F #CHMTeenTakeover

06/07/2019
Upcoming Events | Computer History Museum

Join #CHMLive on 6/12 as @dcbrock moderates a distinguished panel to reveal insights and perspectives on the place of computing in space history. Register today! https://bit.ly/2K0HKpR

Upcoming Events Jun 12, 2019 6:30 PM Speaker Series CHM Live | Technically Speaking If Software, Then Space Perspectives on Computing and Space History As the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing approaches, the Museum is delighted to present a distinguished panel to provide insights and p...

Recovering Challenger Shuttle Data: A Detective StoryJoin IBM researcher Ric Bradshaw as he tells the story of how NASA ...
06/05/2019
Challenger Shuttle disaster: Recovery of data from damaged tapes

Recovering Challenger Shuttle Data: A Detective Story
Join IBM researcher Ric Bradshaw as he tells the story of how NASA and IBM engineers recovered data lost at sea during the Challenger Space Shuttle explosion on January 28, 1986. Learn more here.

As an introduction to this event we will cover how Silicon Valley's engineering & education communities coalesced to return a personal token from the Challenger flight that local students had given to Astronaut Ronald McNair. About seven weeks after the 1986 Challenger disaster tapes containing flig...

Silicon Valley women leaders share their “One Word” of advice which captures personal stories and hard-won lessons l...
05/31/2019

Silicon Valley women leaders share their “One Word” of advice which captures personal stories and hard-won lessons learned. Karen Boezi, Joanna Drake and Laurie Yoler--trailblazing women investors and entrepreneurs of Broadway Angels who have achieved success in the hyper-competitive tech capital of the world. On May 28th these women shared their one word stories.

Silicon Valley women leaders share their “One Word” of advice which captures personal stories and hard-won lessons learned. Karen Boezi, Joanna Drake and Laurie Yoler--trailblazing women investors and entrepreneurs of Broadway Angels who have achieved success in the hyper-competitive tech capital of the world. On May 28th these women shared their one word stories.

On May 28, 2019 Alpha Girl Laurie Yoler who helped launch Tesla moderated a dynamic discussion with with book author and...
05/31/2019

On May 28, 2019 Alpha Girl Laurie Yoler who helped launch Tesla moderated a dynamic discussion with with book author and award-winning journalist Julian Guthrie and also featuring Alpha Girl and venture partner Sonja Hoel Perkins and seasoned executive Abe Kleinfeld, a male/female team who challenge stereotypes as they guide Silicon Valley companies to awards for innovation and employee satisfaction and multi-million dollars exits.

On May 28, 2019 Alpha Girl Laurie Yoler who helped launch Tesla moderated a dynamic discussion with with book author and award-winning journalist Julian Guthrie and also featuring Alpha Girl and venture partner Sonja Hoel Perkins and seasoned executive Abe Kleinfeld, a male/female team who challenge stereotypes as they guide Silicon Valley companies to awards for innovation and employee satisfaction and multi-million dollars exits.

This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the first #TheWebConf in 1994. Go behind the scenes of the original conferenc...
05/25/2019
“Woodstock of the Web” at 25

This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the first #TheWebConf in 1994. Go behind the scenes of the original conference and explore a series of interviews with pioneers reflecting on the #web and the past and future of the conference. https://bit.ly/2JDYqTH

Pioneers reflect on the past and future of the conference series and the web

We’re partnering with Common Sense Media on the upcoming conference on kids’ digital well-being. If you can’t atte...
05/24/2019
Designing for Our Future: Solutions for Digital Well-Being Livestream Portal | Common Sense Media

We’re partnering with Common Sense Media on the upcoming conference on kids’ digital well-being. If you can’t attend, you can join the conversation by streaming it live on Wednesday, May 29. Sign-up for the livestream here. https://comsen.se/2DJRjo8 #digitalwellbeing

Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.

"We got FEATURED! A big shout out to Broadcom Foundation for being our biggest supporter and thank you for featuring us ...
05/19/2019

"We got FEATURED! A big shout out to Broadcom Foundation for being our biggest supporter and thank you for featuring us in your Annual Report 2018. Broadcom Presents Design_Code_Build welcomes students in grades 6 through 8 to participate in hands-on STEM exploration that focuses on creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and curiosity. Students from diverse backgrounds participate in our events and get inspired by exploring STEM through the lens of computer science and computing history. Register today at one of our upcoming events!"

Stop by our CHM booth @MakerFaire #BayArea today and tomorrow for a "hands-on look" at objects and vintage computers fro...
05/18/2019

Stop by our CHM booth @MakerFaire #BayArea today and tomorrow for a "hands-on look" at objects and vintage computers from our collection and partake in #makerfaire fun everyone can enjoy. https://bit.ly/1SQtxV9 #MFBA19 #seemeatmfba19

For over three decades, the Fellow Awards at CHM have honored exceptional men and women whose ideas have changed the wor...
05/18/2019

For over three decades, the Fellow Awards at CHM have honored exceptional men and women whose ideas have changed the world. On Saturday, May 4 for CHM honored the remarkable contributions of our 2019 Fellow Award honorees: James Gosling: for the conception, design, and implementation of the Java programming language. Katherine Johnson: for her exceptional calculations during the US space programs that brought the first humans to the Moon. Leslie Lamport: for his contributions to the analysis and design of distributed computer systems, and for the initial creation of the LaTeX document production system. Louis Pouzin: for the pioneering design and implementation of packet communication networks that led the way to the internet.

For over three decades, the Fellow Awards at CHM have honored exceptional men and women whose ideas have changed the world. On Saturday, May 4 for CHM honored the remarkable contributions of our 2019 Fellow Award honorees: James Gosling: for the conception, design, and implementation of the Java programming language. Katherine Johnson: for her exceptional calculations during the US space programs that brought the first humans to the Moon. Leslie Lamport: for his contributions to the analysis and design of distributed computer systems, and for the initial creation of the LaTeX document production system. Louis Pouzin: for the pioneering design and implementation of packet communication networks that led the way to the internet.

2019 Fellow Awards
05/18/2019

2019 Fellow Awards

We’re partnering with Common Sense Media and the Stanford dschool to bring you this unique conference on kids’ digit...
05/17/2019
Designing for Our Future: Solutions for Digital Well-Being | Common Sense Media

We’re partnering with Common Sense Media and the Stanford dschool to bring you this unique conference on kids’ digital well-being on Wednesday, May 29. Learn more, and sign-up here, to join us! https://comsen.se/2UT3iWj
#digitalwellbeing

Join Common Sense and the Stanford d.school to discuss technology and well-being. Craig Newmark, Tristan Harris, and Dr. Jenny Radesky, plus other industry leaders and child health experts, will explore ethical design that creates a healthier digital ecosystem for all.

Have you got your tickets yet for @MakerFaire #BayArea May 17-19? Grab them while you can! CHM will be at #makerfaire wi...
05/13/2019

Have you got your tickets yet for @MakerFaire #BayArea May 17-19? Grab them while you can! CHM will be at #makerfaire with the best in vintage computing and hands-on fun! https://bit.ly/1SQtxV9. #MFBA19 #seemeatmfba19

"Bob Bemer , would become the IBM 650’s power user ,  carefully cut out the article and placed it into a scrapbook. . ...
05/10/2019
Math Miracles for Missileers: The Aerospace Industry, Computer Programming, and the Rise of IBM

"Bob Bemer , would become the IBM 650’s power user , carefully cut out the article and placed it into a scrapbook. . . " Through a grant from the @NHPRC, CHM digitized & made available online roughly 10% of Bemer’s historical collection, over 3,000 pages. https://bit.ly/2Ym6dci

Robert W. “Bob” Bemer — who would become the IBM 650’s power user — carefully cut out the article and placed it into a scrapbook

Looking for the ultimate geeky-chic gift? Check out the Core Memory: A Visual Survey of Vintage Computers. An unpreceden...
05/09/2019
Core Memory: A Visual Survey of Vintage Computers

Looking for the ultimate geeky-chic gift? Check out the Core Memory: A Visual Survey of Vintage Computers.

An unprecedented combination of computer history and striking images, Core Memory reveals modern technology's evolution through the world's most renowned computer collection at CHM. Vivid photos capture these historically important machines including the Eniac, Crays 1 3, Apple I and II while authoritative text profiles each, telling the stories of their innovations and peculiarities.

An unprecedented combination of computer history and striking images, Core Memory reveals modern technology's evolution through the world's most renowned computer collection, the Computer History Museum in the Silicon Valley. Vivid photos capture these historically important machines including th...

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1401 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA
94043

The Computer History Museum is located approximately 2 miles from the Mountain View Caltrain Station at Castro and Evelyn Streets in downtown Mountain View. * Take Caltrain to the Mountain View Caltrain Station. * Take the Caltrain Shoreline Shuttle to Pear Ave. Museum entrance is across from the parking lot. * Or plan your routes on Valley Transit Authority (VTA) Buses using VTA's Trip Planner * For more information on these and other routes including fares and schedules, please visit the Caltrain or VTA Web sites.

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Admission $15 Cloud Cafe @ the Computer History Museum Museum Store Open Wed-Sun 10am to 5pm

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Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 21:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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