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.
The Living Computer Museum 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.
Calendar of Events
October 6th, 5pm - 8pm
LCM takes part in a Seattle museum tradition with extended hours and free admission every First Thursday of the month!
Come see what’s new or bring someone along to interact with five decades of computing. As always, parking is also free in our lot.
GeekGirlCon'16October 8th - 9th, (Times vary)
GeekGirlCon celebrates women in geek culture and LCM is happy to join them in this mission for their annual convention. See fantastic contributions in science, technology, gaming, comics, the arts, and more.
ContrAlto : A Xerox Alto Emulator
In 1973, researchers at Xerox PARC created a new kind of computer. They called it Alto. ContrAlto, an application for modern PCs, allows you to experience a world Xerox PARC created 40 years ago. More
Plan a Visit
Assembled by Microsoft cofounder Paul G. Allen, the Living Computer Museum collection presents the meaningful milestones in the evolution of computers. Our vintage computers are restored to working condition, so visitors can interact with them in a variety of ways. More
Interact with the machines of yesterday, including several models of the PDP-10 family, the TOAD-1, Xerox Sigma 9, and the unique CDC 6500 supercomputer. More