The National Museum of Computing
The National Museum of Computing, located at Bletchley Park, is an independent charity housing the largest collection of functional historic computers in Europe, including a 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..
Museum, Science centre, Heritage site
TNMOC All Galleries: open Thursday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons (1pm to 5pm in summer or 4pm in winter) plus summer bank holidays.
TNMOC Guided Tours: Tuesday 2.30pm. Book online at: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/tnmoc/ £5 per person.
The Colossus and the Tunny Galleries are open daily.
Organisations can arrange special visits and tours and use TNMOC's seminar room facilities.
Entrance to the whole of TNMOC is £5 per person (£2.50 concessions, free for children 12 and under).
Entrance to the Colossus and Tunny galleries only is £2 (£1 concessions).
Entry is free to TNMOC members.
If you are coming only to TNMOC, there is no need to pay the Bletchley Park entrance fee (the Bletchley Park Trust is a separate organisation).
The Colossus and the Tunny Galleries are open daily. A £2 fee (£1 for concessions, free for children 12 and under) is charged.
We are able to offer tailored programmes for educational, corporate or special interest groups upon request.
The collection is 90% hands on. We have examples of most of the popular home computers such as the Sinclair Spectrum, Commodore and BBC Micro. We also have a large selection of business machines, a couple of working DEC minicomputers (one from Blacknest, the Goverment seismic activity monitoring station) and a 1960's Elliott 803 mainframe also working (sometimes!!).
The machines are loaded with a variety of business software, games and programming languages, most of which are ready for you to have a go.
Industry, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War
Key artists and exhibits
- One of the most important items in the collection is an Apple Lisa. This was the first commercial machine to use a graphical interface, it was released in 1984 and pre-dates Windows.