San Francisco, California, United States Trip: 2017-12   Update: 2018-01-30   By: yanz

Title: Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA

Preparation: Computer History Museum is very close to the headquarter of Google campus. Address: 1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043 Parking: I've been there twice and no problem to find parking. you should be able to find the free parking in the side parking lot. Admission price: Adult: $17.5, Children age 11+ and students, seniors( 65+): $13.5 Children under 10: free Hours: Wed - Sun 10am - 5pm Please check the computer history website for special events, hours, price variations. Suggest to schedule about 3 or 4 hours there.

General opinion: Worth spending time there

Attractions and activities: The 1st floor is for visitor to see the computer history. It includes computer early stage history, evolving storage, semiconductor memory, Personal computer, Internet, Web, AI, Robotics, autonomous car, etc. 2nd floor is usually for conference which is not available for regular visitor. Remember to spend time wisely, do not spend too much time in the first several sections. See more details in pictures.

Dining: There is one cafeteria in the 1st floor but it closes before 5pm.

Shopping: There is a gift shop around the exit.

Things I wish I had known before: Do not spend too much time in the first half sections which IBM mainly dominated the exhibition. There are a lot more personal computer, Internet, Web, Robotics, Mobile devices and driverless auto cars, etc in the final central sections. I regret that I have spent 85% time in the first 40% exhibitions but left very short time to quickly go through the part about the personal computer, internet, web, robotics, AI, driverless cars, etc.


  • Waymo is an autonomous car development company and subsidiary of Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc.