Prototype Apple personal digital assistant

My Computing Device

On View 1 Center

My Computing Device showcases the complex story of how Americans came to use and own computers and challenges them to examine their own personal relationships with devices. A range of mechanical and electronic objects from the museum’s collections are on view. Some were inventions of little practical use; others were the tools of scientists, business people, engineers, and consumers; and still others were toys, often designed by and for educators. A selfie station includes a mirror to capture both the visitors and their devices as they reflect on their personal computing experience.

About the Artifact Walls

Artifact walls highlight the depth and breadth of the collections in hundreds of linear feet of glass-front cases lining the center of each floor. They reflect the museum’s core mission to collect, study, and exhibit objects from our nation’s rich and diverse history.