For College Students and Faculty
College and university students and faculty are invited to take advantage of everything the Computer History Museum has to offer. From public lectures and events to exhibition discussions, artifact demonstrations, and extensive online resources, the Museum is a vast resource for research and study.
Faculty are welcome to teach in the galleries or reserve a docent-led gallery discussion and may assign students to visit the Museum independently as part of a course assignment or project. Education staff are always happy to assist with ideas for tailoring our content to your syllabus.
Professors may preview the Museum free of charge to prepare for a class visit or student assignment. Present valid faculty or staff identification when you arrive; advance notice of your visit is appreciated.
Reserving Your Visit
College, university, and non-profit education groups of 10 or more must reserve their visits ahead of time. Docent-led discussions require six weeks’ advance notice; self-guided visits require two weeks. Confirmation will be sent within two weeks of our receiving your request. If you do not receive a message, please contact the Museum to ensure that your reservation has been confirmed.
We do seek to accommodate groups without confirmed advance reservations, but admission is not guaranteed, due to capacity and space restrictions. Groups with confirmed reservations receive free admission to the Museum.
Please note our limits on group sizes:
- Docent-led discussions: 40 people
- Self-guided visits: 40 people
If your group is larger than our maximum, please contact us before making a reservation to discuss options for accommodating your needs. We have creative solutions for groups of all sizes.
Please note that our docent-led discussions are currently full through May 31, 2014. Reservations for self-guided visits are still being accepted. Please Museum staff are happy to assist with planning; please contact us for more information.
Independent Student Visits
Students whose professors have made prior arrangements with our staff will receive discounted admission to the Museum. Professors must submit an Independent Student Visit Request at least two weeks before students are expected to visit. We will confirm by email within two weeks; professors may forward the email or print it out for distribution to students. Students will receive their admission discount upon arrival when they present the confirmation email and valid student identification.
With over 100,000 historical artifacts, 11,000 still and moving images, 34,000 document records, and 500 oral histories, our collections are uniquely equipped to support the work of college and university students and faculty at any level. Among the many resources available, you will find:
- Collections Overview, a great place to begin your exploration
- Catalog Search, a searchable database of all of our artifact holdings including hardware, software, documents, and ephemera
- Research, with information about conducting onsite research of the Museum's Collection
- Exhibits, with digital versions of many of our current and past exhibitions, including Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing. Here you will also find our popular Timeline of Computing History and biographical information about the industry leaders who have been inducted into our prestigious Hall of Fellows from 1987 to the present.
CHM Speaker Series
The Computer History Museum is host to high tech luminaries from all over the world. Innovators and pioneers past and present come to the Museum to share their insights, stories, and memories. Students and faculty are invited to join us for these lively events at the Museum or online.
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