Computer museum

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The National Computer & Communications Museum
The Computer History Museum

A computer museum is devoted to the study of historic computer hardware and software, where a "museum" is a "permanent institution in the service of society and of its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates, and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment, for the purposes of education, study, and enjoyment", as defined by the International Council of Museums.[1]

Some computer museums exist within larger institutions, such as the Science Museum in London, United Kingdom; and the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany. Others are dedicated specifically to computing, such as:

Some specialize in the early history of computing,[2] others in the era that started with the first personal computers such as the Apple I and Altair 8800, Apple II systems, older Apple Macintoshes, Commodore Internationals, Amigas, IBM PCs and more rare computers such as the Osborne 1. Others Some concentrate more on research and conservation, others more on education and entertainment. There are also private collections, most of which can be visited by appointment.[3]

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  1. ^ "ICOM Statutes". International Council of Museums. Archived from the original on April 13, 2008. Retrieved April 5, 2008.
  2. ^ "Computers: A Birthday Party for Eniac". Time. February 24, 1986.
  3. ^ Christopher Mele (May 9, 2016). "15-Year-Old's 200 Vintage Apple Computers Are Now a Mac Museum". The New York Times. Retrieved October 2, 2022.