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Computer History Museum

January 13, 2011 13:00 ET

Computer History Museum Opens Doors to Its $19 Million Renovation and New Permanent Exhibition Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing

25,000 Square-Foot Technological Wonderland Dramatizes Link Between Computing History and Contemporary Advancements at the Heart of the Museum Experience

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - January 13, 2011) - Today the Computer History Museum, home to the world's largest information technology collection, opened the doors at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time to its two-year $19 million makeover which brings to life the remarkable story of the birth, growth, and future of computing for hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. The centerpiece of the Museum's renovation is Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing, a sweeping new permanent exhibition designed to look at every major aspect of the extraordinary history of computing -- from the abacus to the smart phone, and the vital progress in between.

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley's technology corridor, and making visible the relationship between computing history and contemporary innovations, the Computer History Museum is home to the world's most comprehensive computing collection and is the world's foremost institution for the research, conservation, and exhibition of the one of humankind's greatest technologies -- computers.

Ten years in the making, Revolution is the product of the Museum's professional staff collaborating with designers, content producers and more than 200 experts, pioneers and historians around the world. The renovation more than doubles the exhibition space, and will be complemented by research and education components, and a vast new digital platform.

Comprised of 19 galleries, an orientation theater, an exit theater, three mini- theaters and 100 individual multi-media stations, Revolution is a one-of-a-kind, large-scale exhibition containing a full range of immersive visitor experiences. Each of the 19 galleries is a themed mini-exhibition that will cover a particular subject on the evolution of computing. At center stage within each gallery is a single icon that is the exemplar for the topic treated in the alcove.

"The Museum is now a space that will draw together people through the filter of the worldwide computing experience," said John C. Hollar, Museum President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our inaugural programming and exhibition schedule, the visual spectacle of our new exhibition space and main lobby, and the opening of the world's most innovative and immersive experience of global computing history are all part of the Computer History Museum experience. The newly renovated facility -- along with its expanded exhibition spaces, lecture series, and community programs -- will assuredly add a new chapter to the exciting and rapidly growing history of the Information Age."

Revolution is funded by a large community of supporters. All $19 million for the Computer History Museum's renovation and the creation of Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing came from private donations to the Museum as part of a comprehensive $125 million capital campaign, which has raised $93 million since 2000. This exhibition was made possible through the generosity of William H. Gates III, and dozens of other private donors have made supporting financial contributions.

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.

Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing, its new permanent exhibition, and the grand re-opening of the newly designed Computer History Museum open January 13, 2011. Extended opening weekend hours are 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thursday, January 13 - Monday, January 17, 2011. More information about Revolution can be found at and images are available at

Regular museum visitor hours are Wednesday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5 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.

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