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The National Museum of Computing

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Address: Bletchley Park Sherwood Drive | Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB, England
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+44 1908 374708
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10:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 17:00
Thu 12:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The National Museum of Computing, located on Bletchley Park, is an...

The National Museum of Computing, located on Bletchley Park, is an independent charity housing the world's largest collection of functional historic computers, including the rebuilt Colossus, the world's first electronic computer, and the WITCH, the world's oldest working digital computer. The Museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond.

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Fascinating insight into computer history.

Although only 5 minutes walk away from Bletchley Park it is a separate attraction and you will need to pay to enter. Due to time constrains only saw a small fraction of the museum... read more

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Eastcote, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Although only 5 minutes walk away from Bletchley Park it is a separate attraction and you will need to pay to enter. Due to time constrains only saw a small fraction of the museum and would ideally liked to have seen it all. It has a working model of the enigma machine which was interesting to see and also has... More 

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United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The guided tour round the museum was splendid. They started with a reproduction Collossus, which worked very quickly, to decode Enigma messages. Later valve machines were made available to college students. The move from valves, to transistors to printed boards enabled the machines to be smaller and eventually cheaper. One of the most dramatic comparisons was between a disc with... More 

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Thank RamblingRose47
Milton Keynes
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great place to visit for those who are old enough (like me) to remember the Sinclair ZX81 and the Spectrum! The museum tells the story of computing from early days to modern times and has plenty of equipment that was a real blast from the past. Lots to see from old mainframe computers to Victorian calculators.

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Carcavelos, Portugal
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not a visit for everyone I expect but the knowledge and passion of the guides and volunteers really brought this alive. Essential visit for anyone into computers, coding or just fascinated by the rapid expansion and development of the technology we all take for granted. The students with us aged from 14 - 17 all a bit geeky to be... More 

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Olney, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Took my 10 year old granddaughter during school holiday. Most displays a little above her head but enough to interest her during her WW2 topic at school. The computer games available in the last room provided a fun ending to the visit.

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Thank JackieIC
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredible place to visit to remind us and teach children how far computing has come since the days of Bletchley. Learn from experts who work to keep out of date machines in working order. Enjoy the walk down memory lane as you visit computers from your past.

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Thank heather k
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited after Bletchley next door. It carries on the story with the Colossus, a more advanced version of the bombe machine and the first computer as claimed by some. After looking at that there's tonnes of old machines in here (most of which i wasn't interested in) i liked looking at the stuff i remember from my childhood (the 90's)... More 

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Thank Amelia H
Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful afternoon! Even our ten year old was fascinated, but it was a particularly special trip down memory lane for us oldies :)

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Thank RobandAli
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited this museum last week hopeing to see the many computers that i know are there. As an ex DEC engineer i wanted to see some of the pdp11 's that i know are there. I paied the entry fee £3.00 ( really!! ) went round colossus but was told the rest of the museum was closed WHY ?????... More 

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TNMOC, Public Relations Manager at The National Museum of Computing, responded to this review

We're sorry you visited on a day the whole Museum was not open to the public. Colossus and Tunny are open every day. The rest of the museum is open on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons plus many school holidays. There are also guided tours on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. (Information is to be found on our website, but unfortunately... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really great follow up to Bletchley park visit, as it houses Collosus. Also the oldest working original computer, WITCH. Plenty of other historical pieces that brought back memories for me - Winchester discs, etc. Even found the copy of Sinclair User magazine from Sept/Oct 1982 in their library that my friend and I got a programme published in. Happy days.... More 

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