I am very excited about the Computer History Museum housed in Mountain View, CA. (Silicon Valley) since 2002 (although I don’t think that their overview video necessarily does it justice).
The computer museum was recently revamped with a $19 million renovation in large part from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
According to BusinessWeek (Jan. 31-Feb. 6 2011), “the museum documents the rise not only of computers but also of technology over thousands of years.”
The museum and nearby research warehouse include a collection of over 100,000 artifacts and describe “how we came of age” from a technology perspective.
Innovation is critical to where we are going to, but history is from where we are coming and from which we must preserve and learn–the Computer History Museum is the bridge between the two and can educate as well as inspire.
While I personally have not made it to the exhibits yet, I look forward to getting there soon.
And when I am there, I want to wander the halls and ponder at how all the “bits and bytes” from so many great minds have helped to transform our lives, and where things go next.