Living Computers: Museum + Labs, Seattle

Paul G. Allen’s Living Computers: Museum + Labs celebrates the past of computing by bringing vintage systems to life and the present by allowing visitors to interact with cutting edge technology.

Vintage systems are always on display. New exhibits debut on November 18th.



Through the museum website, users can set up a free online account and access vintage systems.
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  • Fun for all ages--for those of us who have seen computers go from the size of a building to the size of a cell phone and for kids who have never lived without them. Love this museum. I took my...  more »
  • We had lots of fun with our 4 kids different ages between 10-1. Prices surprised us:)Definitely a great thing to do on a rainy day 🧡 Thank you!  more »
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  • There is something for everyone at the Living Computers Museum. These are not just old computers behind glass; as a living museum, many of the computers are working and accessible. The history of computing comes alive here, with everything from early supercomputers to the evolution of the computers that we use in our daily lives. As a legacy computer enthusiast I enjoyed seeing many of the historical systems that I have read about, but also loved getting to talk with some of the engineers that helped restore them to life. My family enjoyed many of the first floor exhibits like telepresence robots and a fully functioning 90s arcade, as well as some of the interactive exhibits on the second floor. I would plan a half day for a visit, but it's definitely worth it even if you only have an hour or two to visit.
  • This was a cool museum. Note that you can save some money buying the tickets online, even if you do that in the parking lot on your phone like we did. They had a floor dedicated to old tech, from mainframes to original personal punch card computers, up through the 60s, 70s, 80s, and on. They have tours a few times a day, which we unable to make. There were also exhibits on game development, robotics, and AI, though the historic stuff was the highlight for us. We spent about 2 hours total walking the museum. You can touch and play with a lot of the equipment, so it can be fun for kids (and adults!). Worth seeing if you are interested in how far we have come in computing.

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