The story of computing is epic. It’s driven by the human passion for tinkering, inventing, and solving difficult problems, where accidents and luck can be as important as brilliant engineering.
Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing is an engaging 25,000-square-foot exhibition that chronicles the history of computing, from the abacus to the smartphone. Revolution has 19 galleries, 1,100 objects, and an array of original multimedia experiences, featuring first-hand accounts from pioneers and innovators. Explore the revolution that has changed our world.
For centuries, calculators were the only machines to help us compute. Discover the calculating devices that predate the computer, including the abacus, slide rules, and some of the earliest mechanical calculators.
See the Apple-1, the computer that launched Apple Computer, autographed by cofounder Steve Wozniak.
Explore early PC favorites, including the Apple TRS-80 Personal Computer, Commodore PET, and the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Microcomputer.
This device helped the US government complete the 1890 census in record time and, in the process, launched the use of punched cards in business. IBM used the Hollerith system as the basis of its business machines.
Get an up close look at some of the smallest devices in the exhibit, including early transistors and wafers that help put the name “silicon” in Silicon Valley.
Shakey was the first robot that could reason about its actions without human control. Special software let it create a “map” of its environment, which let it move about freely, even avoiding obstacles placed in its path.
With the help of computers, Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin realized one of humanity’s oldest dreams: to walk on the Moon. On July 20, 1969, they spent two and a half hours outside their Lunar Module “Eagle.” Learn more about how computers launched us out of this world!
Remember Pong, the must-have gift of 1975? See Atari’s original Pong prototype and play a live Pong game with a friend!
To find the earliest computer games, find the earliest computers, like this Atari 2600 prototype. Be sure you come to play in our Computer Games gallery.
One of Google’s first server racks, made by Google engineers out of commonly available PCs and networking equipment, helped launch the internet giant.