The Computer History Museum
May 19, 2018
When you rent in Palo Alto, you are just a short drive from the Computer History Museum located in Mountain View, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. So it obviously makes sense that if you’re into computers and all things electronics, you’ll want to visit this historic place from time to time to learn more about the advent and advancement of computers.
Since technology advances at a rapid pace, you’ll be able to see some of the oldest computers ever created, which will seem so outdated, but when you think about the history of the world, many of the computers you’ll see are going to be less than 100 years old. Plus, there are lots of other interesting things to see at this museum like exhibits, there are fun events, they have computer collections, and the education they offer is truly outstanding.
With that said, we’ll share some information about the museum, tell you briefly about its history, and fill you in on the exciting exhibits, events, education, and collections. When you’re through reading this, you’ll have a first-class education in regards to the Computer History Museum and all that it has to offer.
The History of the Computer History Museum
As you can probably imagine, since computers are relatively new, this museum hasn’t been in existence for too long at this point. It opened in 1996 in Mountain View California, so it’s only been around for the last 22 years as of the time of this writing.
The interesting thing about this particular museum is that they created it as a way to preserve the artifacts and stories of the beginning of the information age. Plus, they wanted to have a detailed account of how computers were revolutionized throughout time, so this museum will literally preserve history and show us how computers have advanced throughout the years.
The great thing about this particular museum is that it has computers from the very beginning. Believe it or not though, a man by the name of Gordon Bell led the charge and started collecting historical computers in 1968. In fact, his efforts plus the efforts of those attempting to preserve the Whirlwind computer began something known as the Museum Project, which was an exhibit that first came about in 1975 in the DEC lobby.
In 1978, the museum became known as The Digital Computer Museum and in Marlborough Massachusetts – the home of the DEC – they had to move the historical collection into a bigger lobby as it expanded. 1979 was the year of the first lecture at TDCM, and it was given by Maurice Wilkes. Many, many presentations and lectures have taken place since then.
To make a long story short, the museum continued to move and change names on a number of different occasions. It moved in 1982, 1984, 1996 – when it became the official Computer History Museum – and it moved again in 2002 into the building that was formerly occupied by Silicon Graphics in Mountain View.
Computer History Museum Collections and Exhibits
The most important thing to know about the Computer History Museum is that it is the home of the largest amount of computer-related artifacts in the world. There is also a museum in Germany known as the Heinz Nixdorf Museum that has a larger display, but their total collection is much smaller.
In this collection, you’ll find some amazing and rare items on display like the Cray 1 supercomputer, plus the Cray 2 and Cray 3. They also have the Neiman Marcus Kitchen Computer, the first generation Web servers from Google, and 90,000 other major objects in their collections. Also, they have an original Apple I on display as well.
Some of the more popular exhibits on display as of this writing include “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing”, “Going Places: A History of Silicon Valley”, “Make Software: Change the World!”, “Thinking Big: Ada, Countess of Lovelace”, “Where to? A History of Autonomous Vehicles” and many more.
You can also find the IBM 1401 Demo Lab and the PDP – 1 Demo Lab at the Computer History Museum as well. In these two exhibits, you’ll learn about hacker culture and the dawning of a new era.
As you can see, there’s clearly something for everyone at this particular museum as long as you’re into computers and you want to learn about their history, the previous electronics devices and computing systems and where we believe the future is headed.
Upcoming Events at the Computer History Museum
There are a number of interesting educational events taking place at the museum this spring and summer. On March 16, 2018 at 6 PM, the event “Fuel and Fire: Founders and Funders” is happening. This event is going to be a conversation with Leah Busque, founder of Task Rabbit, and venture capitalist Ann Miura-Ko.
Later on in the month on May 23, 2018 at 6 PM, they will host an event called “Medicine in the Digital Age” which will be discussed by Elizabeth Lopatto and Atul Butte.
Other events include Teen Takeover, The New Electricity, Quantum Questions and more. Please visit the main event page on Computerhistory.org to find more about all of the upcoming events and the pertinent information surrounding each one.
Visit the Computer History Museum Again and Again When You Rent in Palo Alto
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