IEEE Special Citation: Computer History Museum, 1979
Dedication Date: October 29, 2015
The Computer History Museum captures the history of computers and computing. Attending the museum is a learning experience for all age groups. For the younger generation, the exhibits and interactive programs encourage them to become computer professionals.
The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs, and moving images.
The Museum brings computer history to life through large-scale exhibits, an acclaimed speaker series, a dynamic website, docent-led tours, and an award-winning education program. The Museum’s signature exhibition is “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing,” described by “USA Today” as “the Valley’s answer to the Smithsonian.” Some of the exhibits include “Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine No. 2”, “Going Places: The History of Google Maps with Street View”, “IBM 1401 Demo Lab”, and “DEC PDP-1.”
“The Computer History Museum’s mission is to preserve and present for posterity the artifacts and stories of the Information Age. The museum houses the world’s largest collection of computers and related software, documents, and visual media. Public exhibits celebrate the rich history of computing, aided by a speaker series, education activities, historical restorations, and research programs.”
Computer History Museum
1401 N. Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA 94043