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Personal Computer Museum Brantford

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Personal Computer Museum
13 Alma Street
Brantford
ON
N3R2G1
Tel: 519-753-8825

Directions

Exit highway 403 at Wayne Gretzky Parkway and head south. Turn onto Morton Avenue and follow 1KM to the lights at West Street. Turn left and then take your first right at Charing Cross. Turn left at Sydenham and then right on Alma. #13 is on the left.

Where are we going today?

Personal computers are EVERYWHERE now, but did you know at some point not everyone had one? That's right kids!

At the Personal Computer Museum, you can explore the LARGEST collection of microcomputers, video discs and video games in the entire nation. It's not only a history lesson, but a walk down memory lane!

Parents, you can remember your own history - of your first computer, that great Atari, your favourite Xerox, and kids can learn all about the progression and development of something that is so valuable in life today!

Kids - have you ever heard about a "mouse" - and we don't mean the kind that squeak! Have you ever seen a "green screen", or head that famous AOL dial up sound? You're in for a treat if you want to know how computer life used to be!

The Personal Computer Museum also has over 45 interactive displays from over 1,000 computers. With 25,000 artefacts in the collection, and over 5,000 on display at any one time. 

Whether it's the large software library with a great collection of video games, or the interactive computer area, or the reading area - the museum has something to offer everyone!

So why not put down those super fancy XBox's, and iPads, and head to a place where you can take it back to the IBM, Next, and Amiga - where computers began and history can be re-lived!

 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsDonations Only.
  • ChildrenSame as adult
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

10am - 4pm.

One Saturday per month from April to Sept.

Teachers corner

School tours are of course welcome! They can be made by appointment, and a quiz sheet can be provided so you can enhance the experience! Donations of $2 per student are requested. .

I'm Hungry!

There are many food options close by, so why not grab something tasty to eat before or after your computer experience!.

Any Top Tips?

They occasionally have extra open times in the evenings, so check the website before you want to go just to check!.

Need a little extra help?

The museum is wheelchair accessible on the main floor, and the first floor..

Can I get one of those?

They are working on getting souvenirs!.

More information

Street parking in the area is free!.

What people are saying?

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    I brought my 30 something husband here on Father's Day for a great afternoon of nostalgia. Since we had our two young kids (under 5), we played a lot of computer games all together that my husband (or I) hadn't seen since we were kids/teens in the 80's & 90's. Even our little kids were greatly entertained. Being a member of the 1st generation that grew up with computers (the X-generation), we really connected with this place. We are telling all our friends about the place and I would like to take my school kids to see it too.

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    "sid", the fat guy who runs this museum is a total hack. Hes so pompous about his collection of trash. Its not worth seeing if your overwhelmed with his Im awesome attitude the whole time.

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    If you're at all into video games or computer history, this is a must see in Southern Ontario.

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I brought my 30 something husband here on Father's Day for a great afternoon of nostalgia. Since we had our two young kids (under 5), we played a lot of computer games all together that my husband (or I) hadn't seen since we were kids/teens in the 80's & 90's. Even our little kids were greatly entertained. Being a member of the 1st generation that grew up with computers (the X-generation), we really connected with this place. We are telling all our friends about the place and I would like to take my school kids to see it too.

The Personal Computer Museum is really unique and has A LOT of potential of being something even more significant on a tourism and academic level. One has to remember when they visit, that the museum has been established, organized and run by volunteers; so don't expect a place with a gift shop and regular visiting hours. It is not polished like a Science Centre, but instead looks like a fun, inviting, comfortable, jacked-up school computer lab (I say this because of some of the computer clutter stuffed under the counters). It is shocking how well the place is put together considering volunteers did it all.

I am also very grateful that the museum also takes in old computer/computer stuff donations (goodbye old junk cluttering my house). So if you are like me and your guy/son still has their old computer kicking around your house taking up room, the PC museum will gratefully take it off your hands and look after it properly to be used for education, and not let it end up being buried as toxic waste in a landfill.

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