The next time you're in the San Francisco Area, drop by the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. It's a technology lover's delight, offering a peek into the history of personal computing as well as a thorough grounding on the foundations and breakthroughs of the early days of vaccumm tube computers and room-filling mainframes
The museum is currently undergoing a major renovation and has limited exhibitions and weekend-only hours. All exhibits, including a new 25,000 square-foot multimedia experience, will reopen January 2011.
If you click through to our gallery (click here or on the image at right of the Apple Computer 1 prototype built by Steve "Woz" Wozniak in 1976) you'll see 19 different historical examples.
They range from the Babbage Difference Engine of the 1840s -- arguably the first modern computer, throught the 18,000-tube ENIAC, completed in 1946. There's also an IBM System/360, Cray supercomputer, and control module for an intercontinental ballistic missile, a rack of Google production servers, and ample looks at the PC era.