TNMOC moves up a gear

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Entrance fee will enable increased opening hours and faster development

To speed up its development as one of the top computing museums in the world and to increase its opening times, The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park is to start charging visitors a modest entrance fee for the first time.

Starting in July 2011, non-members will be charged a modest admission fee (details to be announced in due course) to see the incredible range of technology that has marked the development of computing over the past seven decades. For an annual membership fee of £45, anyone can become an individual member of TNMOC allowing them to visit free of charge as often as they like and to have access to other exclusive membership benefits.

“Since officially opening in 2008, TNMOC has made great progress and now we want to step up the pace,” said Andy Clark, Chairman of TNMOC Trustees. “We have a dedicated band of very skilled and enthusiastic volunteers who have helped create top class exhibits made possible by funding from a variety of corporate and voluntary donations.

“To date, the Museum has received income only from corporate and individual donations and memberships. We have significant rental and other overheads to pay for Block H at Bletchley Park, so a steady revenue stream is essential to develop the Museum to its full potential. We believe that the modest entrance fee offers tremendous value. I encourage visitors to become members so that they can visit as often as they like for free. One of our top priorities is to extend our opening times and charging an entrance fee will enable this to begin to happen soon.”

From Colossus, the world’s first modern computer, to the behemoth mainframes of the 1970s, the micros of the 1980s and 1990s, to the power and flexibility of today’s handhelds, TNMOC provides an unrivalled tour of the rapidly developing computing landscape and has the largest display of functioning vintage computers anywhere in Europe. The newest display, the Tunny Gallery, opened in May to great acclaim and vividly shows key elements of World War II code-breaking which had such an impact on the outcome of the conflict.

TNMOC members can visit TNMOC any time it is open. For £45, an individual can become a member of TNMOC and receive a variety of benefits including free entry to TNMOC, invitations to previews and openings, discounted hire rates, and a season ticket to Bletchley Park.

Admission charges to TNMOC are separate from Bletchley Park, so those wishing to visit only TNMOC need only pay the TNMOC entrance fee.

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