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.

Currently featuring...
  • 7 Mainframes
  • 10 Minicomputers
  • 45 Microcomputers
2245 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 342-2020
Mon & Tues: Closed
Wed - 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
First Thursday
October 6th, 5pm - 8pm

With the construction of LCM's first floor expansion port, the existing space needed a refresh to be rearrange for a staircase between both floors. Due to this work, the classroom on the 2nd floor had to be closed, leaving us without a space for LCM Movie Nights normally held on First Thursday.

In the meantime, come check out the new layout of the museum floor. Movie Nights will return with the opening of the first floor later this year!
October 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.

Click here for details.
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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