Though computers are ubiquitous and essential to our everyday lives, most of us never think about where they came from.

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., however, is dedicated to just that -- it features exhibits educating visitors about the history of computing technology in professional and personal use.

The Revolution exhibit in particular contains a gallery of computing devices that represents the first 2,000 years of computing in society. Galleries showcase industrial robots, calculators, ancient slide rules, smartphones, video game systems, supercomputer components and storage hardware, accompanied by signage explaining what these creations are used for.

The museum emphasizes the fact that computers are much more than the desktops and laptops that have dominated workplaces for decades.

Hilton Collins, Staff Writer
Hilton Collins  |  GT Staff Writer

By day, Hilton Collins is a staff writer for Government Technology and Emergency Management magazines who covers sustainability, cybersecurity and disaster management issues. By night, he’s a sci-fi/fantasy fanatic, and if he had to choose between comic books, movies, TV shows and novels, he’d have a brain aneurysm. He can be reached at hcollins@govtech.com and on @hiltoncollins on Twitter.