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The Museum of Computing is committed to the preservation and display of examples of early computers. This web site is designed to showcase exhibitions past and present and to help the user find out more about the UK's first museum dedicated to the history of computing.

INTEL Helps Museum of Computing Reboot & Reopen on 8th August

6th August 2009, Swindon, United Kingdom – Eighteen months after it was forced to close by the withdrawal of the University of Bath from Swindon, the long-awaited re-opening of the UK’s first dedicated Museum of Computing takes place this Saturday, 8th August. The main focus is on the paradigm shift over the last forty years that has seen computers become part of everyday life. As a major player in the industry and as the Museum’s main sponsors, Intel’s Vice President for Europe Middle East & Africa, Gordon Graylish, says ‘It’s very appropriate to open a Museum of Computing in Swindon; a town which has been at the forefront of technology since the days of Brunel. We’re really happy to support it because it shows where the IT industry has come from and where it’s headed. We can all learn so much about how and why a new technology flourishes, if we understand what contributed to the success and failure of past inventions.

For more information and to see the full press release, click here

Pong to Playstation exhibition.Following the success of our exhibition at the Vale and Downland museum, Wantage, Pong to Playstation is returning to Swindon. Charting the history of the computer games console, it's a hands-on exhibition for children of all ages.

Come and play Nintendo like you used to! We have lots of activities for children including building your own games character from Lego!
Pong to Playstation is open until March 2008, Mon-Fri 10:00-16:00, Sat 09:00-13:00. Admission FREE more>>>

Sinclair Sovereign Calculator

'Calculator - from the abacus to the microchip'

Monday evening saw the launch of our latest exhibition 'Calculator - from the abacus to the microchip' officially opened by guest of honour Sir Clive Sinclair, one of the pioneers of the pocket calculator.

GWR Grant Awarded to Museum

GWR grant The Museum of Computing has been awarded a grant of £250 by the GWR Community Fund. The money will be used to produce a hard copy version of the Museum Magazine.

Nintendo Gaming Day

Nintendo games Held recently, on display were the NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, Gameboy and Game & Watch collection. We will also have the rare Virtual Boy and have received a Nintendo PlayChoice 10 arcade machine.

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Museum of Computing Magazine

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Pong to Playstation exhibits:

  • Magnavox Odyssey
  • Binatone TV6
  • Termbray TV Games
  • Atari 2600
  • Nintendo Famicom
  • Mattel Intellivision
  • Colecovision
  • Vectrex
  • Nintendo NES
  • NES Powerglove
  • Sega Master System 1
  • NES U-Force controller
  • Nintendo ROB robot
  • NES LaserScope
  • Atari 7800
  • Sega Master System II
  • Nintendo SNES
  • Amstrad GX4000
  • Sega Megadrive
  • Atari Jaguar
  • Commodore 64GS
  • Sega Saturn
  • Neo Geo
  • Sony Playstation
  • Nintendo N64
  • Sega Dreamcast
  • Panasonic 3DO
  • Sony Playstation 2
  • Sega MegaCD
  • Microsoft X-Box