The Museum of Computing

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The first museum in Britain dedicated to computing opened in Swindon, February 2003. In June/July 2009 the Museum of Computing moved to new premises in Theatre Square between the Wyvern Theatre and the library.

The Museum holds a repository of artefacts and has active displays featuring retro and vintage games. It also provides a forum of provision lectures. Functioning as a hub of digital and interactive learning, the museum inspires all ages to get involved with a wide range of exciting opportunities for kids in a friendly and supportive environment.

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Opening hours

Friday 10:00-16:00
Saturday 9:30 - 17:00
There is disabled access.

Closed: From Christmas Day to New Years day

Admission charges

Adults: £2.00
Students and concessions: £1.50
Children age 6-15: £1.00
Children under 5's: free
Family Ticket: £5

Getting there

We are located by the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon town centre. The nearest car park is the Wyvern multi-storey. We are about 15 mins walk from the train station.

1970s/1980s computing hardware, software, printed materials, namely: Home computers; TV and handheld electronic games; portable computers; business systems; software; magazines, books and peripherals. Many rare items; regular magazine produced; regular lectures and events held. Visitors can also hook up many of the systems and play games or run software...

Collection details

Science and Technology, Toys and Hobbies

Key artists and exhibits

  • Computer hardware
  • Computer software
  • Electronic games
  • Major figures in the development of computers
  • The computer industry
  • Telecommunications
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Weird and Wonderful exhibition

Weird and Wonderful Exhibition

  • 23 May — 31 October 2015 *on now

From programmable peculiarities to the avant-garde of gaming, the Museum of Computing in Swindon is revealing its most unusual curiosities of computing, many for the first time.

It’s a feast for the inquisitive including:

Extraordinary inputs - How do Nintendo 64 games respond to your heart rate?
Quirky, not qwerty - How does the keyboard with only six keys work?
Dangerous computing - What kind of husky can you program?
Pyramid of processing – Who built this outlandish prototype?
Surfing while actually surfing - Why does this thing even exist?

Visitors will find the answers to these baffling questions as they experience uncanny consoles, silicon strangeness and the electric eccentric.

The exhibition opens at the Museum of Computing on Friday 22nd May and continues through to the end of summer. The museum is located in Theatre Square in Swindon Town Centre, near the new library.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Exhibition is included in the normal entry fee – outstanding value at £2 for adults £1 for kids and under 5s go free, or £5 for a whole family.


Getting there

We are located by the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon town centre. The nearest car park is the Wyvern multi-storey. We are about 15 mins walk from the train station.

The Museum of Computing
6-7 Theatre Square




07834 375628

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