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The National Museum of Computing

Bletchley Park Sherwood Drive | Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB, England
+44 1908 374708
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All our IT history began here

For those who remember 5 hole punch tape or 2ft diameter [non-floppy] discs come and sigh for... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
rogerrobert98
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Computing history

This a must visit for computer an IT enthusiasts. The Museum paints the path how amazingly the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
beachstone2c
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Helsinki, Finland
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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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Bletchley Park Sherwood Drive | Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For those who remember 5 hole punch tape or 2ft diameter [non-floppy] discs come and sigh for problems long gone! This museum is part of Bletchley Park and has a Bombe and Colossus. That is the last mechanical and the first electrical computer respectively. It...More

2  Thank rogerrobert98
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This a must visit for computer an IT enthusiasts. The Museum paints the path how amazingly the computing has evolved in its short history. Fascinating.

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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Very good selection of artefacts, enthusiastically described by the guides. I spent a couple of hours in the first code breaking rooms, before even venturing into the "proper" computing parts. Mostly staffed by retired people who used to work with the equipment, so much more...More

1  Thank Gretchen R
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Reviewed 4 May 2018

A lot of equipment that I used to work on. Very interesting if you are into computing, or if you just have an interest in historical milestones.

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Reviewed 28 April 2018

Check the opening times before you go because it is not open fully throughout the week. I would recommend a 2-hour tour, but this does incur a fee and it's best to book in advance for this if you can. The tour guide we had...More

1  Thank Harv12
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Reviewed 28 April 2018

This museum tells the story of computers from the very beginning. It was amazing to see and read about and very interesting, especially for anyone into IT. I'm a bit of a technophobe so didn't understand everything but my husband really enjoyed the experience.

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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

An vibrant part of history combined with technology and progression of it. Computer from valve ones (still working), to first microchip ones (4MHz processors and 32KbRAM) to more "modern ones" like 286/386. Fabulous discs for memory of 1m diameter (52KB). And all of it in...More

Thank Mihai P
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

Having visited Bletchley Park a while ago we missed out on this place. So we came back. I imagined that we would just look at colossus, tick the box and pass on to a revisit of Bletchley. Four and a half hours later we didn’t...More

2  Thank Divaddivad
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

Today after a wonderful day at Bletchley Park where everyone was helpful and friendly we went and visited the museum. My two great neices are 'doing' computing at school. We paid £2.00 each and saw a quarter of the museum. £8.00 for a 10 minute...More

1  Thank Aitch C
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TNMOC, Public Relations Manager at The National Museum of Computing, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

We are genuinely shocked and very sorry to hear of your experience.Current resources don't allow us to open the whole Museum to the public every day, but that is absolutely no excuse for the discourtesy you report. We apologise! Can you tell us which day...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Foolishly left "an hour to squeeze this in" and that is just nowhere near enough. Went on the illuminating introduction, excellently presented on Easter Monday afternoon (sorry didn't get the guys name) and thoroughly enjoyed the story of the intercepts and the Testery and the...More

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poip123
28 November 2016|
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Yes can visit both Bletchley Park Trust and The National Museum of Computing on one but please note we are separate organizations with separate admissions charges. We only have a very small cafe selling snacks but there are... More
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sleepysheep27
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Response from Stratman2011 | Reviewed this property |
Depending on how much information you want to glean, I would allow at least two hours. If you want to also take a tour in the Tunny and Colossus Galleries then I would allow 4 hours. Hope that helps.
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