Take a Tour of the National Museum of Computing

Friday the 1st of June

Take the opportunity to learn more about the History of Computing right here at Bletchley Park by joining one of two tours of the Museum. A maximum of 20 people will be allowed on each tour, and the tour will last approximately on hour.

Tours will be at 13:00 and at 15:00. Please assemble at the Museum shop (on your right as you face H Block

Saturday the 2nd of June

On Saturday, attendees of OTA12 will have free access to the National Museum of Computing (including Colossus) from 1-5pm, when the volunteers will be working on machines. This is a nice option for people who would rather browse the museum at their own leisure, as well as have a chance to meet and chat with the Museum volunteers.

N.B. You must be wearing your badge. Simply enter through the main entrance and show your badge at the Reception Desk.


Make a Donation to the Museum

Don’t forget to make a donation to the National Museum of Computing, to help them in their training and educational work.


About The National Museum of Computing

The National Museum of Computing, located at Bletchley Park, is an independent charity housing the largest collection of functional historic computers in Europe, including a rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic programmable computer. The Museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the mainframes of the 1960s and 1970s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s.

New working exhibits are regularly unveiled and the public can already view a rebuilt and fully operational Colossus, the restoration of the Harwell Dekatron / WITCH computer, an ICL 2966, one of the workhorse mainframes computers of the 1980s, many of the earliest desktops of the 1980s and 1990s, plus the NPL Technology of the Internet Gallery. In June 2010 TNMOC hosted Britain’s first-ever Vintage Computer Festival.

Funders of the Museum include Bletchley Park Capital Partners, CreateOnline, Ceravision, InsightSoftware.com, PGP Corporation, IBM, NPL, HP Labs, BCS, Black Marble, and the School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire.

The Museum is currently open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 1pm, and on Bank Holidays in spring and summer. Guided tours are also available at 2.30pm on Tuesdays, 2pm Sundays and some other days. Groups may visit at other times by arrangement and special organisation Away-Days can be booked.

For more information, see www.tnmoc.org and follow @tnmoc on Twitter and The National Museum of Computing on Facebook and Google+.