A Visit to Apple Park Visitor Center & The Computer History Museum

The April 21st BATW meeting will be held at two of Silicon Valley’s most popular visitor attractions – the Apple Park Visitor Center in Cupertino and the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

The Apple Park Visitor Center opened in late 2017 to allow the public to view the giant circular glass “spaceship” Apple headquarters. The Norman Foster-designed structure will house 12,000 employees in “the world’s largest and greenest office building” set amid a forest of 9,000 trees in a drought-tolerant landscape. We will not enter the main building but will view it from the rooftop terrace of the dramatic glass-enclosed Visitor Center that also houses a coffee bar, exhibit hall, and Apple store.

BATW members toured Revolution the first permanent Computer History Museum (CHM) exhibit in 2011. This year we will see the second exhibit that opened in early 2017. Make Software: Change the World explores the history, impact, and technology behind seven game-changing applications: MP3, Photoshop, MRI, Car Crash Simulation, Wikipedia, Texting, and World of Warcraft. The museum remains open until 5:00 PM for those who wish to check out a Google driverless car, shop at the gift store, or revisit the Revolution galleries.

The schedule at Apple begins at 10:00 AM with our social meet-and-greet in the Café area. At 10:30 our host will lead a guided tour of the individual spaces that include a unique retail storefront, the exhibition space with AR (augmented reality) technology views inside the spaceship, and a rooftop terrace overlooking the campus. Afterward, Apple employees will be available to answer questions about the Center and company products and applications.

There are no practical public transportation options but the drive from Apple to the Museum is less than 10 miles via highways 280 and 85. Midday on a Saturday it should take about 15 minutes. There is plenty of free parking at both locations.

Lunch is on your own. The Cloud Bistro at CHM features soups, sandwiches, salads, and pastries. There are several lunch places close by. Castro Street in downtown Mountain View offers a wide variety of more exotic dining options.

BATW members will meet in the Museum lobby for a brief introduction at 1:00 PM. A tour of the Make Software gallery will begin shortly after. The exhibits remain open until 5:00 PM for those who wish to sit in a Google driverless car, shop at the gift store, or revisit the Revolution galleries.


10:00 AM: Apple Park Visitor Center, 10600 N. Tantau Ave, Cupertino, CA (408) 961-1560

1:00 PM: Computer History Museum, 1401 N Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA (650) 810-1010

Coordinator: David Laws ( Mobile: (650) 207-1181

NOTE: Please RSVP to your email invitation and remember to bring along a printout of your confirmation or your smartphone. BATW’s cancellation policy, as always, is in effect.