LIVING COMPUTERS MUSEUM + LABS
Living Computers: Museum + Labs provides a one-of-a-kind, hands-on experience with computer technology from the 1960s to the present.
LCM+L honors the history of computing with the world’s largest collection of fully restored—and usable—supercomputers, mainframes, minicomputers and microcomputers.
A new main gallery offers direct experiences with robotics, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, big data, the Internet of Things, video-game making, and digital art.
Want to learn more?
The main floor features education labs for learning new skills (or dusting off old ones).
Come in. Geek out.
LETTER FROM PAUL G. ALLEN
It is possible that no other technology on earth has so continually renewed itself as computer technology. Advances in this field arrive in such swift succession that even the software and hardware of a few seasons ago are considered obsolete. The decades-old computers and software in this collection, therefore, are truly worthy of our preservation and study – both for the cutting-edge innovations of their day as well as for their historical significance.
Living Computers: Museum + Labs also fulfills my hope that the achievements of early computer engineers aren't lost to time. I wanted to provide a website and repository that recognized the efforts of those creative engineers who made some of the early breakthroughs in interactive computing that changed the world.
I hope you enjoy learning more about these remarkable machines. I certainly had a ball using them in their heyday – from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. During that period almost all Microsoft development was done on these platforms.