Living Computer Museum
Exterior of the Museum
|Established||25 October 2012|
|Location||2245 1st Ave S
|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 History
- 2 Interesting Facts
- 3 Collections and Exhibits
- 4 On display and available for public use
- 4.1 Amstrad
- 4.2 Apple
- 4.3 Atari
- 4.4 Coleco
- 4.5 Commodore
- 4.6 Compaq
- 4.7 Cromemco
- 4.8 Data General
- 4.9 Digital Equipment Corporation
- 4.10 DELL
- 4.11 Exidy
- 4.12 Gateway
- 4.13 IBM
- 4.14 IMSAI
- 4.15 Interdata
- 4.16 Kaypro
- 4.17 MITS
- 4.18 Microsoft
- 4.19 NeXT
- 4.20 NorthStar
- 4.21 Osborne
- 4.22 Processor Technology
- 4.23 Radio Shack
- 4.24 Sanyo
- 4.25 Sun Microsystems
- 4.26 Tandy Corporation
- 4.27 Teletype Corporation
- 4.28 Texas Instruments
- 4.29 Xerox
- 5 Exhibits
- 6 Available online through Telenet
- 7 Under Restoration
- 8 Programming Languages used at LCM
- 9 Games Available to Play, By Computer
- 10 Photos
- 11 In the Media
- 12 References
- 13 External links
LCM (originally known as PDPplanet.com) 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).
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. Displays in the museum show how much computers and technology have changed over the last 50 years and are still changing.
- Paul Allen also founded the EMP Museum and the Flying Heritage Collection.
- On March 17, 2010, it was recognized by Washington State Senate Resolution 8721 "for its role in the preservation of the history of information technology".
- In 2013 Seattle Weekly voted the museum the "Best Geeky Museum" because it highlights "an essential part of Seattle binary history- the founding of Microsoft and its role in establishing Seattle as a tech-driven industry".
- The LCM was the main sponsor of the Seattle Retro Gaming Expo in 2016.
- Various artifacts from the museum have been borrowed and featured in TV shows such as Mad Men and Halt and Catch Fire, and movies such as Tomorrowland.
Collections and Exhibits
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, as well as small temporary exhibits such as "Summer Blockbuster" – software inspired by movies and television. 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.
The LCM is still actively collecting and restoring vintage computers as close to their original state as possible.
A full list of the computers currently on display, and those coming soon can be found below.
On display and available for public use
Available online through Telenet
Bendix G-15 – Under Restoration, Coming Soon
IBM System/360 Model 30- Under Restoration, Coming Soon
Programming Languages used at LCM
Games Available to Play, By Computer
In the Media
- Daily Mail - Is this robot better at Pokémon Go than you?
- Engadget - Inside Seattle's invitation-only VR summit
- Engadget - We took a nostalgic look around Seattle's Living Computer Museum
- FC Technology - Welcome to 1986: Inside "Halt and Catch Fire's" High-Tech Time Machine
- Forbes - Bill Gates and Paul Allen Reunite and Recreate Classic 1981 Microsoft Photo
- Fox News Travel - Seattle's Living Computer Museum: not just for techies
- Geek Wire - Paul Allen's quest: A 32-bit computer built by Interdata
- Geek Wire - Go inside Paul Allen's Living Computer Museum with this 3D virtual tour
- LA Times - High-tech effort calls up smartphones for Ebola Battle
- NYT Bits - A Place where Old Computers Go to Live
- Oregon Live - Living Computer Museum offers a hands-on tour of the digital age
- Oregon Live - Paul Allen's Living Computer Museum pays homage to trailblazing PCs
- PDP-7 Lights Up the Living Computer Museum
- Seattle Times - Paul Allen's new Seattle computer museum not just for geeks
- Science Daily - Inside Seattle's Living Computer Museum
- Seattle Weekly - Best Geeky Museum: Living Computer Museum
- The Economist - Keeping skin out of the game
- The Stranger - Two Geeks and an Art Critic Visit Paul Allen's Living Computer Museum
- USA Today Video - Seattle's Living Computer Museum Tempts Tech Tourists
- WSJ Video - A Look Inside Paul Allen's Living Computer Museum
- "What is Living Computer Museum?". Retrieved January 12, 2016.
- "Paul G. Allen Launches Web Site Dedicated to Early Computers; PDPplanet.com Site Celebrates Historic Mainframes and Minicomputers | Business Wire". www.businesswire.com.
- "Request a Login". Retrieved January 12, 2016.
- "Home - Living Computer Museum". www.livingcomputermuseum.org. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
- "Seattle's Living Computer Museum tempts tech tourists". USA Today. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
- "Washington State Senate Resolution 8721"
- "Best Geeky Museum: Living Computer Museum". Retrieved 17 August 2016.
- "Seattle Retro Gaming Expo". Seattle Retro Gaming Expo. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
- "Fashion and Style: Episode 704: Mad Men: The Monolith". AMC.
- "Welcome To 1986: Inside "Halt And Catch Fire's" High-Tech Time Machine". 27 August 2016.
- "In the Media - Living Computer Museum". www.livingcomputermuseum.org.
- "Summer 2016". livingcomputer.createsend.com. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
- "Search the LCM Library and Archive Catalog | V1.0". livingcomputermuseum.org. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
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