Computer History Museum
The Computer History Museum is a museum established in 1996 in Mountain View, California, USA. The Museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting the stories and artifacts of the information age, and exploring the computing revolution and its impact on our lives.
When The Computer Museum (TCM, in Boston), which closed in 1999, sent the majority of its historical collection to Moffett Field, California, it was known as the West Coast division of The Computer Museum and named The Computer Museum History Center. Its current name was established in 2001.
In February 2000, the Museum’s historical artifacts were sent to The Computer Museum History Center at Moffett Field. Originally located in an old building that was previously the Naval Base furniture store, the Museum acquired its current building (previously occupied by Silicon Graphics), at 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd. in Mountain View, California, USA (Silicon Valley) in October 2002. It opened there to the public in June 2003.
The Computer History Museum is home to the largest and most significant collection of computing artifacts in the world. This includes many rare or one-of-a-kind objects such as a Cray-1 supercomputer as well as a Cray-2, Cray-3, the Utah teapot, the 1969 Neiman Marcus Kitchen Computer, an Apple I, and an example of the first generation of Google’s racks of custom-designed web servers. The collection comprises nearly 90,000 objects, photographs and films, as well as 4,000 feet (1,200 m) of catalogued documentation and several hundred gigabytes of software.
The museum’s major new 25,000-square-foot (2,300 m2) exhibit, “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing,” opened to the public on January 13, 2011.
The museum has two additional exhibits highlighting important milestones from the history of computing: “Mastering the Game,” a history of computer chess and a Difference Engine designed by Charles Babbage in the 1840s and constructed by the Science Museum.
Former media executive John Hollar was appointed CEO of The Computer History Museum in July 2008.