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Mountain View, California

Obscura Society SF: Curator's Tour at the Computer History Museum

Come out for an up close look at technology history from the Difference Engine to Pong and beyond

Join us for a special introduction to the Computer History Museum's unique collection of technology, starting with a demonstration of the extraordinary Difference Engine #2, designed (but never built) by Charles Babbage in the Victorian Era. Created from Babbage's drawings, the Difference Engine whirls as it calculates, and is truly a thing to behold.

In addition to the Babbage Engine and the Pong Prototype we will be looking at the Scantron Prototype, a machine from 1969 called the Kitchen Computer, and a machine created by one of the most brilliant American computer architects, Seymour Cray, call Little Character.

The Computer History Museum 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, including computer hardware, software, documentation, computer-generated ephemera, photographs and moving images.


  • Sunday Feb 2, 12:45-3:30pm - please arrive early so we can join a demonstration promptly at 1pm
  • Address: Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View
  • Please gather outside the main doors, so we can all enter as a group. Our private tour starts at 1:45 pm, after the demonstration above
  • All ages welcome with parents