Inspiration for generations to come

CHM’s programs and centers of expertise inform our ongoing work and commitment to decoding technology for all. They explore technology through specialized lenses to help us better understand the past, contextualize the present, and look ahead to the future. Initiatives span the Museum’s core strengths of preservation, education, and conversation.

Exponential Center

The Exponential Center is the first museum institution devoted to capturing the legacy and advancing the future of entrepreneurship and innovation in Silicon Valley and around the world. Exponential activities include collecting and sharing the stories of founders and builders of the Digital Age and exploring the birth, growth, and impact of iconic companies. The Center examines how Silicon Valley and other ecosystems around the world can serve humanity to inform and inspire the next generation of changemakers.

Software History Center

The Software History Center collects and preserves historical software, archives, and oral histories. The center explores people-centered stories, documents software-in-action, and leverages the Museum’s rich collections to tell the story of software. The center seeks to put history to work today in gauging where we are, where we have been, and where we are heading.

Software History Center

Internet History Program

The Internet History Program records the history of the online world, including the web, the internet, and mobile data. Launched in 2009, it is one of the first general programs in this area by a major historical institution. The program addresses networking as both a technical invention and a new mass medium with a growing role in society. Its main work includes growing CHM’s world-class collection of networking history materials, scholarly activities, developing public events, and curating both permanent and temporary exhibits related to the online world.

Internet History Program

Corporate History Partnerships

Corporate History Partnerships aim to preserve business history and company stories in Silicon Valley and across the globe to expand our collective history. Archivists and curators leverage CHM’s unique expertise, brand, and marketing skills along with decades of experience in establishing business archives and producing exhibits and oral histories. Current partnerships include the Center for Cisco Heritage and the Google Founders Collection.

Center for Cisco Heritage

Google Founders Collection


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