Derby Computer Museum
Adults: £7.50, Children (4 to 17 yrs old) £4.50, Under 4s: Free, Family tickets save £2
Derby Computer Museum showcases mainly pre 1999 computer, gaming and portable technology. They focus on a "hands on" approach so that anyone visiting the museum can see, touch and use/play with most of the articles in the museum.
Hands on fun!
Derby Computer Museum want to make sure that their exhibits are accessible, usable and fun so that they can be fully appreciated. So as a result you'll find the vast majority of their exhibits are all in working and usable condition, and you can see, touch and use them just as you could do 30 or 40 years ago.
There are a few exceptions such as items which are fragile or being restored. This often includes their portable machines (PDAs, laptops, palmtops etc) however if you ask they can arrange a 1 to 1 demo of these items where possible.
To preserve and maintain history
The articles in their museum are mostly from the 80s and 90s and aren't that old in the grand scheme of things, especially if you compare it to other museum articles such as dinosaur remains. However, technology moves on so quickly and is thrown away just as quickly meaning that items common place 30 or 40 years ago is almost non existent today.
For example, there used to be millions of CRT ("fat screen") monitors but as the vast majority of these have since been thrown away or have broken, they are now really hard to find. They've also found that even technology that has been put away for preservation often doesn't work anymore due to failing components that weren't meant to last more than 10 or 20 years.
As such, a huge part of their mission is to preserve and maintain this technology for future generations as historical record.
A place to reminisce
Derby Computer Museum was founded by Rob, born in the early 80s and assisted by friends of a similar age. Now with kids they want to be able to share their enjoyment of the technology they used when they were young with their children and they want others to be able to do the same too. Old computer games like Pacman or Mario Kart will bring just as enjoyment to the next generation as they did to theirs; even if they look really pixelated by modern standards!
Part of their mission is to educate on computing history by showcasing it, preserving it, and exhibiting displays explaining history and having interactive exhibits.
To give back to the community
Any town or city is what you make of it. Whilst they welcome visitors from absolutely anywhere, they are passionate about Derby so Derby Computer Museum is their way of bringing a smile to people in Derby.
Saturdays, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3pm