The National Museum of Computing

The National Museum of Computing
Block H,
Bletchley Park
Bletchley
Buckinghamshire
MK3 6EB
England

Website

www.tnmoc.org

E-mail

info@tnmoc.org

Telephone

01908 374708

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Rebuild of Colossus, world's first electronic computer
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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Science centre, Heritage site

Opening hours

TNMOC All Galleries: open Thursday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons (12 noon to 5pm in summer or 4pm in winter) plus summer bank holidays and special public opening during major school holidays.

TNMOC Guided Tours: Tuesday 2.30pm. Book online at: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/tnmoc/ £5.50 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.

Admission charges

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.

Getting there

Full directions here: http://www.tnmoc.org/visit/getting-here

Links

Additional info

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.

Collection details

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.
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Exploring the digital maze

Easter Bytes

  • 10 — 21 April 2014 *on now

Searching the virtual maze for Easter Eggs is just one element of the digital fun, games and competitions for the whole family at the Easter Bytes Festival. Visitors can build robots, use the sand table robot to draw their face in the sand, create computer music, have fun with computing electronics, play vintage computer games and on two very special days even get to use the virtual reality headset.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5 adults, £2.50 concessions, ages 12 and under free

Website

http://www.tnmoc.org

Getting there

Full directions here: http://www.tnmoc.org/visit/getting-here

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