The The Micro Museum


The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Block H, Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes, is an independent charitable museum housing arguably the biggest collection of historic computers in Europe. TNMOC is a tenant of Bletchley Park Trust, which manages the entire Bletchley Park estate, the de facto home of the British codebreaking operation during World War II in its previous incarnation.

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The Micro Museum holds the distinction being the only museum specialising in the history of home and personal computing in the county of Kent. Tucked just a short walking distance away from Ramsgate's scenic Royal Harbour Marina, the museum offers a unique showcase of vintage computers and electronics, retro games consoles, and interactive exhibits. It’s probably worth pointing out that the term ‘micro’ in its name does not refer to the museum’s size; rather, it’s a reference to the large number of micro devices in its collection.

History and Background

The Micro Museum is founded, owned and managed by husband and wife team of Mike and Carol Deer. All the exhibits on display in the museum are owned by the couple, both who had spent the last four decades buying, finding and collecting any type of personal computers, first generation micro electronic devices, calculators and games consoles.

Following their retirement, they decided to open the Micro Museum in 2013 to share their knowledge and love of these devices – not to mention memories from yesteryears - with the world.

Entrance of The Micro Museum in Ramsgate

Exhibits and Attractions


The highlight of any visit to the Micro Museum is the three hours’ worth of play time on classic games consoles. Alternatively, the more technically inclined can use the three hours to try some programming on a classic computer.

First times visitors may also try out the history quiz to earn a mock Micro Museum Certificate. Trust us, visitors will learn many interesting facts about the history of computers and electronics, along with stories about innovators and visionaries, along the way.

The exhibits here also touch extensively on the contribution of Sir Clive Sinclair to the British computing, robotics and programming landscape.

Beyond that, visitors will be able to see over 100 vintage first generation personal computers, calculators and gadgets on display here.

Visitor Information

The Micro Museum is open seasonally, typically between the end of Easter and the end of November. It’s open seven days a week during the period, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please refer to the online calendar on the museum’s website.

Admission Fees:

• Adult: £5

• Children: £4

• Family: £10 (maximum of three people)

Monthly passes are also available starting from £50 onwards. Please keep in mind that children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Note: The admission price is inclusive of 3 hours’ worth of game play time on classic games consoles

Contact

Website: www.themicromuseum.org

Email: ramsandgates@gmail.com

Telephone: 07876 271255

Address: 11 Church Hill, Ramsgate Kent CT11 8RA