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Living Computers: Museum + Labs

2245 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134-1407
+1 206-342-2020
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If you’re old enough to remember 20th century personal computers, you will find this museum seriously cool

The museum has repaired and restored computers from the 2d half of the 20th century, and makes... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
TokyoVisitor
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Ann Arbor MI
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I was here with my wife for a business meeting and dinner.

If computers are your thing, and I spend about 8 hours a day at a computer, this is a very... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Terry M
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Seattle, Washington
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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.
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2245 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134-1407
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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...More

2  Thank Terry M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having had an Atari 800 and a CPM based QX-10 computer in the mid 1980s, it was definitely a trip to the past to see some of the old computers. Enjoyed trying out the $800+ virtual reality goggles, getting beat playing chess against a main...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For anyone who was a gamer kid in the 80s, 90s, 2000s or more recently this place brings back some great memories. Played River Raid on the old Atari with my boss and found I was grinning ear to ear. Also loved seeing the old...More

Thank Angus M
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

The museum starts with a very fun and interactive atmosphere where there are multiple activities suitable for all ages. They even have a retro section filled with arcades and old console games! The other part is more historical and showcases the growth of computers and...More

1  Thank leygoh
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Reviewed 20 April 2018

Visiting this museum like a trip to my childhood. Seeing all the old computers and playing some of the games again was great. Even better was how my children took such interest and got into some of these old classics. Definitely worth a visit to...More

Thank Ash J
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

Really enjoyed seeing the modern efforts on the first floor, then an extensive collection of computers through history upstairs. I was with someone who knew a lot more about computers, so that enhanced the experience for me - otherwise I would have definitely jumped on...More

Thank kate554433
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

The museum really got its start on the second floor. Basically Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, collected one of all the many computers he worked with as a kid (and adult), and paid a bunch of his nerd friends to get them in full...More

1  Thank iocat
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

I'm an avid IT guy and long time geek, I'll be honest I was in hog heaven here. They have computer related items going back to the 50s and 60s, and the more current you get the more material they have. Even my girlfriend (who...More

Thank Ted1231
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Reviewed 30 January 2018

1st floor is new technology (VR and AI), but the 2nd floor is where the history is to be found. They have an extensive collection... and most of it can be used!!! TIP: we were there on a Friday, and the trick is to arrive...More

Thank MARK K
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Response from CharliBlanchard | Reviewed this property |
Probably, they have a lot of hands on stuff and there are video games to play if I remember correctly.
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