The Living Computer Museum collection presents the meaningful milestones in the evolution of computers and how people use them. The collection was assembled by Microsoft cofounder Paul G. Allen as a way to preserve the history that put him and Bill Gates on the path to founding the company.
2245 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 342-2020
Mon: Closed
Tues - Sun: 10 am - 5 pm

1st Thursdays:
10 am - 8 pm
(Free 5 pm - 8 pm)

Closed Thanksgiving,
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
General admissions - $6
Child (ages 0-5) - Free
Youth (ages 6-17) - $2
Student - $4
Senior (62+) - $4
Active Military - $4
Access - $1
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
Seattle Museum Month
February 1st - February 29th, 2016

Seattle is always vibrant, even under gray skies.

And now there’s another great reason to visit the Emerald City: Seattle Museum Month.

Stay in a participating downtown Seattle hotel February 1-29, 2016 and enjoy 50% off admission to more than 40 museums and cultural organizations in Seattle and throughout the region.

Click here for more details.
Click here for a list of participating museums.
Movie Night "The Hunt for AI"
March 3rd, 6:15-7:15 pm

Join The Hunt for AI, a documentary film that explores the present state of artificial intelligence research and examines the potential ramifications of creating human-like machines.

* Free museum admission 5-8 pm
* Free movie admission
* Free popcorn & refreshments
* Free parking

This film is not rated. Parental discretion is advised. Reserved seating will not be held past 6:15pm. RSVPs close at 12 pm on March 2nd.

RSVP here.
Plan a VisitAssembled 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
ExhibitsInteract 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
Contribute Historical ItemsIf you would like to donate old computers to the museum, see our wish list. More