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If you’re old enough to remember typing your first college paper on a good old fashioned typewriter, this Silicon Valley excursion is for you. Grab your geekiest friend and head straight to the Computer History Museum, a step back in time some 2,000 years. Who knew? Billed as the world’s largest (and certainly most reputable) museum dedicated to the history of the information age, the museum traces the history of computers from mainframes to mobile computing in exhibits both colorful and mesmerizing. You’ll explore more than 1,000 not-so-ancient artifacts that reveal how computers have impacted our collective lives.

If you time your visit just right, you can take a seat for the museum’s Revolutionaries speaker series where, you guessed it, you’ll come face-to-face with renowned innovators, business and tech leaders and authors. And before you leave, see the exhibit titled “Going Places: A History of Silicon Valley,” an eye-catching cluster of computers running Google Earth, Maps and Street View. Put simply, it’s a visitor-controlled, large-scale, five-panel, surround-screen event that’s not to be missed.

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