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Revolution:  The First 2000 Years of Computing
Enhance your experience of the Computer History Museum's signature exhibition Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing by using this free official audio tour.
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Revolution celebrates the spectacular history of computing, from mysterious ancient devices to technologies of the future. Journey through 19 alcoves, each dedicated to a different aspect of computing and featuring an iconic object. Discover, in our multi-media displays, the back-stories, development drama, and astonishing breakthroughs of the gadgets, gurus and companies you love or love to hate. View Schedule
Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing
 
Make Software
Fly through World of Warcraft’s fantastic world of Azeroth, learn Photoshop from the pros, try your hand at coding, and speed-text your way to victory in Make Software: Change the World! Make Software explores the history, impact, and technology behind seven game-changing applications: MP3, Photoshop, MRI, Car Crash Simulation, Wikipedia, Texting, and World of Warcraft. The Stata Family Foundation Software Lab is at the center of the exhibition, where visitors are introduced to basic programming concepts and encouraged to try coding hands-on.
Make Software
 
IBM 1401
The IBM 1401 Data Processing System transformed data processing and became one of the most popular computers of all time. Travel back in time to 1959 and experience the sights and sounds of a business computer center. This exhibit re-creates a working medium-sized computer operation from the 1960s, including working keypunches, printers, card readers, sorters and tape drives.

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IBM 1401
 
PDP-1
This one-ton "minicomputer" designed in 1959 by Digital Equipment Corporation, captivated an early generation of hackers with revolutionary real-time capability, interactivity, graphics and an addictive game, SpaceWar! See demonstrations of the box that made Rolling Stone Magazine rave, "Ready or not. Computers are coming to the people."

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PDP-1
 
Where To? A History of Autonomous Vehicles
"Where To? A History of Autonomous Vehicles" will chronicle the decades-long challenge of bringing self-driving cars to the general public. In this exhibit, visitors will learn about the history of autonomous vehicles, enjoy science fiction and popular culture dreams of the driverless family car, get up close with the Google self-driving car, and learn how this amazing technology works.
Where To? A History of Autonomous Vehicles

Plan your visit

There is a lot to see and do at the Museum. Docent-led tours and demonstrations occur on a daily basis, please call 650.810.1010 for the daily schedule.

Use the information and tools below to plan your visit and make the most of your time with us.