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The National Museum of Computing

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Address: Bletchley Park Sherwood Drive | Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB, England
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+44 1908 374708
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10:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 17:00
Thu 12:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The National Museum of Computing, located on Bletchley Park, is an...

The National Museum of Computing, located on Bletchley Park, is an independent charity housing the world's largest collection of functional historic computers, including the rebuilt Colossus, the world's first electronic computer, and the WITCH, the world's oldest working digital computer. The Museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond.

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Really informative and fun blast through the near and to the distant future.

Thoroughly enjoyed this! Go! Geeks! Go! Not expensive and worth the entrance fee... Play some oldskool faves... Discover Collossus...

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this! Go! Geeks! Go! Not expensive and worth the entrance fee... Play some oldskool faves... Discover Collossus...

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vralexander, General Manager at The National Museum of Computing, responded to this review

Dear TJHiggins Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit! Thanks, Victoria Alexander Operations Manager More 

Bath
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Such good fun and our twenty year old loved it PAC man amazing and my husband age 59 lived all the memories so very special lovely staff thank you

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vralexander, General Manager at The National Museum of Computing, responded to this review

Dear Susan Thank you for your review. We are so glad you and your family enjoyed their visit. Thanks, Victoria Alexander Operations Director More 

Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Fascinating to see the functioning rebuilt Collossus and other code breaking machinery. Shame it's only open 3 days a week

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vralexander, General Manager at The National Museum of Computing, responded to this review

Dear Keith Thank you for your review. For anyone reading just to let you know that the Colossus Rebuild and the WWII story covering the inception and decryption of the Lorenz messages is open daily 10.30am-5pm. However, the rest of the museum which continues the story of the development of computing is only open Thurs, Sat & Sun 12pm-5pm as... More 

Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The NMoC is a really interesting blend of history, drama and technological achievement. Whilst having obvious links with Bletchley Park, the museum covers the whole spectrum of computer science and it is interesting (though slightly offputting) to see and recognise exhibits which were ground-breaking during the 1980s! The guides (who it seems are mostly volunteers) do a fantastic job in... More 

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vralexander, General Manager at The National Museum of Computing, responded to this review

Dear Freeland385 Thank you very much for your review and praise of our volunteer guides. Thanks, Victoria Alexander Operations Director More 

Stafford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Museum of Computing on a return visit to Bletchley Park and decided we need another visit to do justice to both. They complement each other well as the Museum takes the story through from the Bletchley Park days to the present day.. The experience is brought to life with working machines and a really great group of... More 

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vralexander, General Manager at The National Museum of Computing, responded to this review

Dear SandJ246 Thank you for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit! Thanks, Victoria Alexander Operations Director More 

Mt. Pleasant, Mi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are interested in the codebreakers at Bletchley Park, than this is also worth your time. They have the second version of the computer featured in the movie "The Imitation Game" and have a dedicated cadre of volunteers. The tour guide that we had was excellent and told us things we would not have heard otherwise.

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vralexander, General Manager at The National Museum of Computing, responded to this review

Dear Jim Thank you for your review and your praise of our volunteer tour guide. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. For anyone reading this review just to let you know that The National Museum of Computing covers the even more exciting story of the inception and breaking of the Lorenz code which led to the building of Colossus,... More 

Usk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on a Sunday morning before going home. We could have done with far longer. The museum is not well advertised, but is staffed by volunteers who are knowledgeable and eager to help. A much ignored gem right next door to the larger Bletchley Park museum

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vralexander, General Manager at The National Museum of Computing, responded to this review

Dear Sian Thank you for your review and praise of our volunteers. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Thanks, Victoria Alexander Operations Director More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of my friends were telling me to visit Museum of Computing and I was expecting to see something like the Science Museum in London. I don't want to say it was a disappointing visit but it also wasn't something that you will tell stories to your grandchildren.. I liked the first ever computer running there and it had some... More 

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vralexander, General Manager at The National Museum of Computing, responded to this review

Dear Aby Thank you for your review. Yes unfortunately received no government funding like the Science Museum so we rely on donations, tickets sales and volunteers to operate. However, we have the finest collection of working, historic computers here that you cannot see elsewhere so hopefully you will still be able to tell your grandchildren about some of the things... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are nostalgic about anything computer related then this is for you. We had a great tour of the computing developments through WW2 and then made our way through to present day, finishing playing on some retro arcade and console machines. Excellent, though be aware that there isn't really anything for younger kids.

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vralexander, General Manager at The National Museum of Computing, responded to this review

Dear Broomhandledmouser Thank you for your review and we are glad you enjoyed your visit. Yes we do generally suggest our activities are for ages 6+ so unfortunately at present we do not cater to really young children but keep an eye on our website for events and activities as we would like to increase our offering to include all... More 

Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Firstly, I've worked in IT for 25+ years so this was always going to be a winner for me - but it's not just a nerd fest, there really is something for anyone with a passing interest in the history of computing. I went with my wife (who also worked in IT) and daughter - we both worked for ICL... More 

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vralexander, General Manager at The National Museum of Computing, responded to this review

Dear Mike Thank you for your review and we are glad all enjoyed your visit! Thanks, Victoria Alexander Operations Director More 

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