Living Computers: Museum + Labs

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Living Computers: Museum + Labs

Living Computers: Museum + Labs
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Speciality Museums • Science Museums • History Museums
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
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Benson
30 contributions
Excellent place to see old computers and learn about computing history.
Oct 2020
Really enjoyed seeing all of the unique computers from the apple 1 to the Xerox mainframes. The machines on display are mostly able to be used be visitors to the museum. Enjoyed the totally 80s living room and decor on display. My wife even enjoyed a game of Ms Pacman
Written February 12, 2021
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Tony
3 contributions
Above Average Fun with History!
Nov 2019
The living computer museum surprised me more than a little. Not only are the exhibits fairly engaging for younger folks, but there's enough real content to excite even the older geeks/history buffs. Do you want to see how memory has evolved in computers over time? What about just touch and use a punch card machine (maybe you're seeing it for the first time, or reliving the good old days). How about playing old video game consoles? Would you be interested in building some robots? If you answered "yes" to any of these, I'd highly suggest you check this place out.

I visited with my wife, and then bought the year pass and came back with my kids.
Written August 26, 2020
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Meryl A
11 contributions
Hidden gem
Aug 2019
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 teenage niece here when she visited during the summer and it was a hit.
Written January 20, 2020
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Евгения
Boca Raton, FL1 contribution
Great place ♥️
Dec 2019 • Family
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!
Written January 2, 2020
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flo220
New York City, NY240 contributions
Interesting history of computers; helpful staff
Sep 2019
An interesting museum on the history of computers and how they are used now. Hands on activities and staff/guides who are were eager to answer your questions. Recommend the guided tours if available when you are there. The one downside is that the exhibits can get technical.
Written November 12, 2019
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Shim Onster
Bellevue, WA1 contribution
Unique and hands-on
Sep 2019
Very unique museum with exhibits covering 1970s onwards. Plenty of hands-on activities. Good rainy day choice for kids of all ages. A bit expensive; had to get an annual membership to make the family visit cheaper.
Written October 27, 2019
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Bradford S
Thornton, CO41 contributions
They go back to the beginning of the computer age!!
Sep 2019
We read the reviews and opted to sign up for the museum. My sons had a great time playing with the old video machines and the newer robots.

The highlight of the museum for us was the self-driving car. Even though it was a 3D printer model is was pretty cool and realistic.

It was amazing to see the first hard drives that were SO HUGE. I thought 5 1/4" discs were huge, but I was so wrong. There are some so much larger.

There was a display with the original punch cards used in the first computers.

We had a great time and would encourage anyone to visit the computer lab.
Written September 26, 2019
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krg999
hawaii477 contributions
Great
Sep 2019
Very nice museum. Very clean. All exhibits worked. The guided tours were fun and great source of knowledge.
Written September 23, 2019
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TexasArmyNurse
Celina, TX72 contributions
Worth the cost to get your Geek on🤓
Sep 2019 • Couples
This was a wonderful surprise and well worth the fee. The museum is full of everything computer and has MANY hands on activities for all ages. We were amazed that most of the computers are fully functioning and there are staff dedicated to maintaining even the oldest relics.
Written September 22, 2019
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Cameron06820
Darien, CT516 contributions
Great for kids of all ages
Sep 2019
Do NOT miss this amazing museum. It's hands-on for a huge collection of older computers plus a large number of mainframes and older relics. Great docents give tours and know their stuff!
Written September 17, 2019
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