Living Computer Museum

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Living Computer Museum
LCM Logo.png
Living Computer Museum exterior.JPG
Exterior of the Museum
Established 25 October 2012 (2012-10-25)
Location 2245 1st Ave S
Seattle, Washington
Coordinates 47.582487°N, 122.334708°W
Type Computer museum
Founder Paul Allen
Director Lath Carlson
Curator Aaron Alcorn
Public transit access 21, 594, 132, 106, 50, 102, 590, and 116 Bus Routes and the Link Light Rail
Nearest car park Onsite and Street Parking

Living Computer Museum (LCM) is a computer and technology museum located in the SODO neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. LCM showcases vintage computers which provide interactive sessions, either through time-sharing operating systems or single-user interfaces. This gives users a chance to actually use the computers on-line or in person in the museum.

According to the LCM's website, their goal is ‘to breathe life back into our machines so the public can experience what it was like to see them, hear them, and interact with them. We make our systems accessible by allowing people to come and interact with them, and by making them available over the Internet.[1]


LCM (originally known as was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, on January 9, 2006. Through PDPplanet users were able to telenet into vintage devices and experience computing on "antique" mainframes such as systems from Control Data Corporation (CDC) and Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC).[2]

Though no longer exists users can still request a login through the LCM website and telenet into systems from XKL, DEC, IBM, and CDC.[3]

The museum opened to the public on October 25, 2012 and guests can now visit the museum in person to interact with the collection of Mainframes, Minicomputers, Microcomputers and Peripherals the museum has on display.[4] Displays in the museum show how much computers and technology have changed over the last 50 years and are still changing.[5]

Interesting Facts[edit]

Collections and Exhibits[edit]

The collection consists of publicly donated items and Paul Allen’s personal collection. There are currently 7 mainframes, 10 minicomputers and 45 microcomputers on permanent display,[4] as well as small temporary exhibits such as "Summer Blockbuster" – software inspired by movies and television.[12] The museum also has two of its own libraries. The first is on the exhibit floor with reference books, user manuals and magazines about the history of computing, available for people to use while in the museum. The second is the collections archive with documentation about the collection that is accessible through their website.[13]

The LCM is still actively collecting and restoring vintage computers as close to their original state as possible.[4]

A full list of the computers currently on display, and those coming soon can be found below.

On display and available for public use[edit]








Data General[edit]

Digital Equipment Corporation[edit]













Processor Technology[edit]

Radio Shack[edit]


Sun Microsystems[edit]

Tandy Corporation[edit]

Teletype Corporation[edit]

Texas Instruments[edit]




Control Data Corporation[edit]

Digital Equipment Corporation[edit]




Available online through Telenet[edit]

Digital Equipment Corporation[edit]



Under Restoration[edit]

Bendix Corporation[edit]

Control Data Corporation[edit]


Programming Languages used at LCM[edit]

Games Available to Play, By Computer[edit]

Computer Games
Atari 2600 Asteroids, Basketball, Adventure, Super Breakout, Donkey Kong, Berzerk, Tutankham, Jungle Hunt, M*A*S*H, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Breakout, Warlords, Missile Command, Star Raiders, Yar's Revenge, Video Checkers, Haunted House, Demons to Diamonds, E.T., Spiderman, Superman, Laser Blast, Freeway, Boxing, Indy 500, Chopper Command, Fishing Derby, Flag Capture, Outlaw, Human Cannonball, Sky Diver, Bowling, Slot Machine
TI-99 Dig Dug, Ambulance, Star Trek, Jungle Hunt, Adventure, Popeye, Chisholm Trail, Pole Position, Hangman, Moon Patrol, Protector, Picnic Paranoia, Qbert, Shamus, Munch Man, Parsec, Hunt the Wumpus, MunchMobile, Alpiner, Tombstone City, Blackjack and Poker, Treasure Island, The Attack, Car Wars
Amstrad CPC 464 Battleships, Monopoly, Fruit Machine, Oh Mummy, Ghostbusters, Molecule Man, Gauntlet II, Airwolf II, Into Oblivion, RadZone, Classic Adventure, Xanagrams, Cluedo, Sultan's Maze
Coleco Adam Donkey Kong, Subroc, BC's Quest for Tires, Space Fury, Miner 2049er, Cosmic Avenger, GORF, Home Budget Planning, Adam Super Game Pack, Adam SmartBASIC, Slither, Centipede
TRS-80 Rat's Revenge, Star Trek, Invasion Force, Space Warp, Craps/Keno, Baccarat/Roulette, Slot Machine/Wheel of Fortune, Paddle Pinball
Apple IIe Ulysses and the Golden Fleece, Wizard and the Princess, Rescue Raiders, Choplifter, Minit Man, Beyond Castle Wolfenstein, Android Invasion, Flight Simulator
Atari 400 E.T. Phone Home!, Centipede, Missile Command, Galaxian, Ms. Pacman, Pacman, Star Raiders, Space Invaders, Jungle Hunt, Jumpman Junior, Qix, Frogger, Moon Patrol
Osborne Executive Chessmaster, Bridge Master
Commodore 64 Choplifter!, Ducks Ahoy!, Kickman, Bubble Burst, Rootin-Tootin', Congo Bongo, Beamrider, Contra, Castle Wolfenstein, Marble Madness, SimCity, Skyfox, Z-Pilot, Strike Force: Cobra, Predator, Jordan vs. Bird, Battle of Guadalcanal, Pharaoh's Revenge, Crossfire, Zenji, Lode Runner, Enchanter, Hitchhikers's Guide to the Galaxy, Storm (video game), Uninvited (video game), Threshold (video game), Paperboy (video game), Ms. Pac-Man, Lunar Leepers, Invaders of the Lost Tomb, Frogger, Dig Dug, Dark Side (video game), Cosmic Tunnels, G.I. Joe
Apple II Zork, Crossword Magic, Sargon II
Amiga 500 Zany Golf, Earl Weaver Baseball, The Commissioner's Disk, Chroma Paint, Galactic Invasion, F/A-18 Interceptor, Rampage, Detonator, Space Battle, Civilization (video game), Midwinter (video game)
Atari 1040 ST Time Bandit, Tanglewood, Crack'ed, MicroLeague Wrestling, Sim City, Dungeon Master, Harley Davidson, Tetra Quest
IBM AT Hoyle's Official Book of Games, Star Fleet I, Star Fleet II
Commodore VIC-20 Star Post, Tooth Invaders, Pirate's Cove, Avenger, Sargon II Chess, Slot, Star Battle, Omega Race, Donkey Kong, Buck Rodgers, Pole Position, Demon Attack, Pinball, River Rescue, Visible Solar System, Sea Wolf, The Sky is Falling, Raid on Fort Knox, Adventure Land, Robot Panic
Commodore PET Mastermind
Apple IIC Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, Dig Dug, Moon Patrol, Jungle Hunt, Victory Road, Stickybear Numbers, Stickybear Opposites, Oregon Trail, Amnesia, Karateka
IBM PCjr Demon Attack
DEC Rainbow 100 Zork I, Starcross
Amstrad PC 1512 SimCity, Bureaucracy, Crapsmaster, Planetfall, Wishbringer, Zork Trilogy
Tandy 1000 Maniac Mansion, Sim City, Arkanoid II, Turbo Champions, Solitaire
Compaq Deskpro 386S Myst, Command & Conquer, Earthworm Jim, Total Annihilation, Chessmaster 5000, Monopoly, School House Rock, Risk
Dell XPS B733 The Sims, Fine Artist, Dangerous Creatures, Croc: Legend of the Gobbos, Doom II, The Sims: Livin' Large, Age of Empires
Gateway 2000 4DX-33 Oregon Trail II, Creative Writer, Encarta '98, Encarta '98 Deluxe, Cinemania '98, Magic School Bus, Dinosaurs, Encarta '96 World Atlas


Harry Garland and Paul Allen at an event honoring computer pioneers at the museum in April 2013
Harry Garland and Bill Gates at the same event
A roughly 180° panorama of the "conditioned" room at the Living Computer Museum containing mainframes and large minicomputers.

In the Media[edit]


  1. ^ "What is Living Computer Museum?". Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Paul G. Allen Launches Web Site Dedicated to Early Computers; Site Celebrates Historic Mainframes and Minicomputers | Business Wire". 
  3. ^ "Request a Login". Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "Home - Living Computer Museum". Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Seattle's Living Computer Museum tempts tech tourists". USA Today. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Washington State Senate Resolution 8721"
  7. ^ "Best Geeky Museum: Living Computer Museum". Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Seattle Retro Gaming Expo". Seattle Retro Gaming Expo. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Fashion and Style: Episode 704: Mad Men: The Monolith". AMC. 
  10. ^ "Welcome To 1986: Inside "Halt And Catch Fire's" High-Tech Time Machine". 27 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "In the Media - Living Computer Museum". 
  12. ^ "Summer 2016". Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "Search the LCM Library and Archive Catalog | V1.0". Retrieved 17 August 2016. 

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