The National Museum of Computing

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

Opening hours

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

TNMOC Guided Tours: Many days Book online at: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/tnmoc/

The Colossus and the Tunny Galleries are open daily 13.00am-5pm.

Organisations can arrange special visits and tours and use TNMOC's seminar room facilities.

Admission charges

Entrance to the whole of TNMOC is £7.50 per person (£5 concessions). Family tickets £20.
Entry is free to TNMOC members.

The Colossus and the Tunny Galleries are open daily. A £3 fee (£2 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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Easter Bytes

Summer Bytes Festival - every Thursday – Sunday 12 noon to 5pm

  • 27 July — 27 August 2017 *on now

Summer Bytes runs 27 July to 27 August 2017, every Thursday – Sunday, 12 noon to 5pm.

The Festival has fun for all the family with hands-on activities and special features including robotics, Virtual and Augmented Reality, SoundBytes (making digital music), computer art classes and retro gaming.

In the world’s first purpose-built computer centre, you can see some of the fantastic machines that paved the way to our digital world and catch up with the latest developments, and get creative with machines new and old.

Call to check latest times or cancellations.

12 noon - 5pm Thursday – Sunday, £7.50 adults, £5 concessions, half price for Milton Keynes postcode residents

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

12 noon - 5pm Thursday – Sunday, £7.50 adults, £5 concessions, half price for Milton Keynes postcode residents

Website

http://www.tnmoc.org/bytes/summer-bytes-day-day

Getting there

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

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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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