Computer History Museum “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing” Exhibit

Computer History Museum Revolution Exhibit

The Computer History Museum located in Mountain View, California will be unveiling an exhibit this week, called Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing. This major exhibition which took six years in the making and is worth $19 Million will be the world’s most comprehensive collection and display of computing history starting from the first known computer – the abacus to the latest gadgets and computers.

Revolution will be a modern wonder. More than 1,100 objects from the Museum’s vast collection will be on display in 19 galleries. Each gallery will describe the impact of an important chapter in computing – from the abacus to the Internet, and everything in between. An orientation theater, a What’s Next theater, three mini-theaters, and more than 100 multimedia stations will immerse you in sights and sounds as you hear and see the stories of the men and women who built every aspect of computing. What you will learn depends on your perspective. Many skilled guides will be available to help you zero in on the displays that appeal to every interest. We are sure it will be one of the most remarkable museum experiences you will have.

The Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing exhibit can be accessed by visitors in different ways – documents, video presentations, over 5,000 images, 1,100 artifacts and hands-on experience via interactive stations.

Some artifacts that will be on display in the exhibit are: a working replica of the famous Atanasoff-Berry Computer, the Univac 1, an IBM System/360, the ENIAC, the Cray-1 supercomputer, the DEC PDP-8, the Apple II, the IBM PC, the Palm Pilot and one of Google’s first server rack.

Atanasoff-Berry computer
Atanasoff-Berry Computer

IBM System/360
IBM System 360

Apple II
Apple II

Cray-1 Supercomputer
Cray-1 Supercomputer

The Revolution exhibit will also be made available in the Internet soon and will contain everything displayed in the physical exhibit. The online exhibit will be a good online resource for students and teachers.

If you love computers and would love to know how technology has evolved, then you need to go and visit the Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing exhibit. I wish I was still in California so I go and visit the Computer History Museum. Anyways, this will definitely be one of the first places I’ll go to when I go back and visit California.

Anyone else planning on going to the Computer History Museum to see the Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing exhibit?

[image sources: Computer History Museum, Wikipedia]

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  1. @Holly – At least you got to take a photo in front of the museum. Me, I haven’t been there and hope to go there one of these days. In case you go there before I do, please do take lots of photos and share it. :D

  2. Last time I was in California, our manager gave us a little driving tour of Silicon Valley. We stopped and took a group photo in front of the museum. Unfortunately, they hadn’t opened it yet, so actually viewing the exhibit will have to wait for the next trip out there!

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