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Computer History Museum

March 30, 2011 13:00 ET

Computer History Museum Launches Revolution Online

Virtual Visitors Around the World Can Become Digital Time Travelers, Exploring Vast Collection Anytime, Anywhere

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - March 30, 2011) - Today the Computer History Museum, home to the world's largest information technology collection, launched its new online exhibit, "Revolution Online" (http://computerhistory.org/revolution), powered by cloud computing for a global audience to visit anytime, from anywhere on the web -- including mobile and tablet devices.

Designed for anyone who has ever booted up, logged on, emailed or texted, "Revolution Online" offers virtual visitors the ability to become digital time travelers as they navigate through 19 galleries of computing history, custom-built "in the cloud" to mirror the museum's contemporary new physical exhibition, "Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing," which opened in Mountain View, CA in January 2011.

As an online museum exhibition, the two hallmarks of "Revolution Online" are comprehensiveness and accessibility:

  • Comprehensive - The online exhibition includes everything in the physical 25,000 sq foot exhibition, which is a thorough study of computing history -- everything from the abacus to the smart phone, plus additional artifacts and stories that are not included in the physical exhibition. Such comprehensiveness is rare for an online museum exhibition.

  • Accessible - The "Revolution Online" exhibition is not just for mathematicians and computer geeks. It's for anyone who has ever checked their smartphone or logged onto Facebook. Online museum visitors with varied technical prowess can zoom in on a particular topic or browse through thousands of artifacts, films, oral histories, and illustrations in an interface that was designed with popular mobile and tablet devices in mind. In addition, a comprehensive and interactive timeline brings to life the complex story of computing in linear or non-linear fashion, depending on the preference and interest of each visitor.

"The story of computing is epic because computing has transformed the world," said John C. Hollar, Museum President and Chief Executive Officer. "We designed the online exhibit to let a visitor become a digital time traveler. We bridge the past to the future and connect our physical museum in Silicon Valley with a truly global audience. Befittingly, we're using modern mobile-friendly browsing and cloud technology to take visitors all the way back to the origin of computing 2,000 years ago."

Home to the world's most comprehensive computing collection, the museum is the world's foremost institution for the research, conservation, and exhibition of one of humankind's greatest technologies -- computers.

To visit "Revolution Online," go to http://computerhistory.org/revolution.

About the Computer History Museum:
The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world's leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history, and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs, and moving images. The Computer History Museum brings computer history to life through an acclaimed speaker series, dynamic website, onsite tours, and physical and online exhibits.

More information about "Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing," its new permanent exhibition, can be found at http://computerhistory.org/revolution and images are available at http://www.computerhistory.org/press/gallery/.

Museum visitor hours are Wednesday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The museum café will be open daily: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. General Admission tickets are $15.00; Seniors (65 yrs+), Students with ID (13 yrs+), and Active Military w/ ID are $12.00; Members and Children 12 & under are free.

For more information and updates visit the museum at www.computerhistory.org or call (650) 810-1059. Visit the Computer History Museum on Facebook and follow @computerhistory on Twitter

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