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
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. View Schedule
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." View Schedule
"Where To? A History of Autonomous Vehicles" will chronicle the decades-long challenge of bringing self-driving cars to the general public. Self-driving cars have remained perpetually two decades away since the 1930s, while over the past century, autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles have conquered the air, sea and roamed the edges of our solar system. In this timely new 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.
A 150-year old computer? In 1834, Charles Babbage designed "Difference Engine No. 2", an automatic computing engine, but failed to build it. He died insisting future generations would prove his idea was sound. See it here, faithfully built to plan in 1991 – and functioning exactly as predicted. View Schedule
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.
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