The National Museum of Computing, Milton Keynes

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The National Museum of Computing is a museum in the United Kingdom dedicated to collecting and restoring historic computer systems. The museum is based in rented premises at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire and opened in 2007. The building — Block H — was the first purpose-built computer centre in the world, hosting six Colossus computers by the end of World War II.

The museum houses a rebuilt Mark 2 Colossus computer alongside an exhibition of the most complex code cracking activities performed at the Park, along with examples of machines continuing the history of the development of computing from the 1940s to the present day. The museum has a policy of having as many of the exhibits as possible in full working order.

Although located on the Bletchley Park "campus", The National Museum of Computing is an entirely separate registered charity with its own fund raising and separate entrance/ticketing. TNMOC receives no public funding and relies on the generosity of donors and supporters.

The museum is working with four other organisations, in a group called Qufaro, to create the National College of Cyber Security for students between 16 and 19 years of age. The school will be located in Block G which was set to be renovated in 2017 but has since been pushed back to an unspecified date, funded by the Bletchley Park Science and Innovation Centre. (Bletchley Park Trust has no involvement with the college.)
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  • Brilliant museum. Didn't realise there was so much to computers. It was very interesting and there is something for everyone. I found it fun and all I use is my phone!  more »
  • I don't know anything about computers except how to use Instagram, but I went here with my boyfriend who is really smart and he showed me about all the parts and how they work. It is a very good...  more »
  • Well worth a visit and just a short walk from popular Bletchley Park, I have no idea why it’s not busier! Fantastic rebuild of ‘ Colossus’, great links to the work at BP, fantastic exhibits of computers as they have evolved and a great interactive section for kids young and old alike to play some of the retro computer games! Really knowledgeable and friendly staff. Highly recommend.
  • An absolute MUST. You need to look for it as you may not be told in the main entrance because of some controversy. Don’t be put off by the extra ticket. Functioning Colossus, Tunny and BOMBE and other important ancient computers in front of your very own eyes. Enthusiastic and friendly volunteers. Unbeatable atmosphere. This is where the heart of Bletchley Park beats. Don’t miss it!!!!
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