I loved the Computing History museum and highly recommend a visit. I had the opportunity to write some Basic code in an old machine and play old video games.
I went walking from the train station to the museum, if you do that, you need to take into account that it is in the outskirts of the city. It may seem that you are going in the wrong direction and there is nothing there, but there is. The museum is a big warehouse in an industrial area.
> The hardware required to play the games is also preserved
You can play with real physical machines. The exhibitions change so what you can play depends on when you visit the museum. Emulation is great, but hardware preservation is important.
Their shop is an awesome place to get some gifts for your computer-loving friends.
I've just been onto their web store and bought a few items as well as some tickets for entry, we're only an hours drive from there and I'm sure my two boys would love to see their exhibits and the tech I used to use as a kid, probably just so they can take the mickey out of how old I am. :)
MAGFest moves a bunch of maintained machines from a museum to an exhibit room every year. It’s really cool to actually sit down and play a game on a computer older than you. Looking at a machine through glass is neat and all, but it isn’t terribly interesting to me compared to actually using the machine.
I had a website back in the day. Racoonman’s Games. I didn’t know any better and extracted all of the animations out for all of the monsters and had every asset organized into tables. I did the same for Descent 2 I think. I made some huge image map of part of the Diablo town for a menu. Ahh memories.