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Professions like art, history and literature have countless museums in their honor, but even regular non-entertaining fields like transportation and medicine have some destinations that could be of interest to the enthusiast.

What about programming ? Are there any places of interest or historic significance that could amuse people with an interest in programming ?


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@Rook, the OP elaborated by asking for places of interest or historic significance. –  Huperniketes Oct 21 '10 at 15:04
+1 - Great question. –  Walter Oct 21 '10 at 16:16
@Huperniketes - Not complaining, but'was just emphasizing it for brevity. –  Rook Oct 21 '10 at 16:49

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+1 for bletchley park –  billy.bob Oct 21 '10 at 14:41
You win, by 24 seconds! –  Frank Shearar Oct 21 '10 at 14:41
What a shame, I missed Bletchley Park ! Is the Charles Babbage institute open to public or is it only for researchers ? –  Preets Oct 21 '10 at 14:52
Another +1 for Bletchley Park –  Gratzy Oct 21 '10 at 14:52
Well worth a visit, really interesting place. Nice that they have some of the people who worked there to talk you through the work they did as well. –  glenatron Oct 21 '10 at 16:19

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, USA, as its web site states, "offers a wide variety of information, exhibits, research and a rich library of multimedia content garnered from some of the most influential people of the computing era. Take some time to dig deeper into computing history and the one-of-a-kind information available here."

I didn't know we have a museum! Yippee! –  Preets Oct 21 '10 at 14:47
@Preets, for programming or in the UK (that would be Bletchley Park)? –  Huperniketes Oct 21 '10 at 15:01
Now I know :) –  Preets Oct 22 '10 at 12:54
The computer history museum is pretty cool, they've got a section of the ENIAC on display, and plenty of computers from 'recent' history to bring back many fond memories :-) –  Dean Harding May 10 '11 at 22:12

Xerox Parc in Palo Alto California. The birth place to a lot of things common to us now.

The "milestones" section on the site is quite interesting. –  Preets Oct 22 '10 at 13:04

The School of Engineering and Applied Science (formerly Moore School of Engineering) at the University of Pennsylvania has on display a remnant of ENIAC ("the first general-purpose, electronic computer").


It's not a museum (and may not be open to the public) but I think Bell Labs deserves a mention.

Indeed it is! Its a shame theres nothing open to the public. –  Preets Oct 22 '10 at 13:17

The Smithsonian Institution Museum of American History in D.C. has a pretty impressive set of exhibits regarding the history of computers.

If I remember correctly, they even have the original Wooden Apple-1 computer.

The Apple-1

Update: That first link threw some (ironic) ColdFusion errors on a lot of the sub-links. Here is a more reliable page talking about the exhibit: Computers & Business Machines Exhibit

+1 - cool. I had no idea that there was a wooden Apple. –  Walter Oct 21 '10 at 16:13
Yep, although it appears they were much better with electronics than a (wood) router. –  JohnFx Oct 21 '10 at 16:18
@Walter - yeah, they were pretty cool. The tough part was genetically modifying a tree to grow the wooden CPU's - and, OK, "debugging" meant a whole something else when you lived in termite country - but on the whole pretty cool. :-) –  Bob Jarvis Oct 21 '10 at 16:40
very cool, I'd love to see that in person. The links on that exhibition site don't work too well; whats funny is the error message that shows up - "The following information is meant for the website developer for debugging purposes.... Check the ColdFusion documentation to verify that you are using the correct syntax." Pure innocence! –  Preets Oct 22 '10 at 13:36
Maybe that is the ColdFusion exhibit. =) –  JohnFx Oct 22 '10 at 14:44

If you are in Austin Texas, there is a really decent computer museum surprisingly managed by Goodwill (yes the charity).

They have a special unit for accepting donated electronics and I think they just started collecting historically significant computers from the donations and putting them on display with placards containing a brief history of the device.

Goodwill Computerworks Austin Computer Museum

They are still looking for donations of early computer technology to add to the museum.


The Science Museum in London also has several pieces that are important to the history of computers. Their exhibits include components from and reproductions of a few of Charles Babbage's machines.

That entire museum rocks! –  sdg May 9 '11 at 20:07

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"Stonehenge, the world's largest undocumented computer."

(Quote from Fred Brooks' The Mythical Man-Month)


The American Computer Museum in Bozeman, Montana, USA, showcases "the history of the information age while also offering in-depth displays for those who are serious technophiles".


Albuquerque - New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

START-UP - Albuquerque and the Personal Computer Revolution

START-UP is the first museum exhibition dedicated to the history of the microcomputer - the little machine that revolutionized the way we live, work and play. The gallery features one-of-a-kind artifacts, video and interactive displays, including “Rise of the Machines” - an immersive multimedia theater experience.


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