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“Literally Living Conputers”

Living Computers: Museum + Labs
Ranked #5 of 416 things to do in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Living Computers: Museum + Labs, located in Seattle, Washington, is dedicated to preserving and displaying working examples of historic computers that tell the story of our journey away from computing as a difficult and expensive undertaking toward the universal access to information technology we enjoy today. On any given day at the Living Computers: Museum + Labs, you might see our staff working to restore our vintage machines. Starting November 18th, we will also make a fantastic array of new technology available to our visitors featuring topics in modern computing, such as AI, VR, robotics, and self-driving cars. We believe that the best way for people to fully understand computing systems is by experiencing them.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

This museum lives up to the name. There are actual living computers such as an Apple 1 and 2, Commodore 64, an CDC 6000, and more! Bruce who works on the CDC 6000, was awesome! He gave me a behind the scenes tour and explained to me the entirety of the CDC 6000 Alondra with punch card reading and writing. Thank you Brice! This was definitely worth the visit

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Reviewed 27 June 2018

This is one of the best museums we have ever visited. They have working examples of computers that date to the 1960s, so instead of looking at something through a window, you can experience it. The displays provide a nice transition to explain the significance of each computer and the role that it played in history. Highly recommend a stop here! Even more so if you grew up in the 80s!

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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

We loved this place! So much history and it seems there’s one of every kind of computer ever made, right there for you to play with. We especially loved playing computer games from our childhood, testing out all the robots, and “test driving” the car made by the 3D printer. Employees were helpful and informative. This was easy to get to using public transportation, just a short walk from the link stop. Starbucks Reserve is nearby and made for a nice lunch after our visit.

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Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

The museum has repaired and restored computers from the 2d half of the 20th century, and makes working models available, with their software, to play with. If you played the original PacMan game on an arcade machine, or the first iteration of Sim City on a PC running windows 3.1, the museum will give you a chance to do it again. Off the beaten path, but if this is you’re thing, you’ll find it worth the trip.

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Reviewed 28 May 2018

If computers are your thing, and I spend about 8 hours a day at a computer, this is a very interesting place to visit. You will see vintage computers and be able to learn how they work. They also have a driverless car display, and many other related things. Good for at least a one time visit.

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