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Living Computers: Museum + Labs

Living Computers: Museum + Labs (LCM+L) is a computer and technology museum located in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. LCM+L showcases vintage computers which provide interactive sessions, either through time-sharing operating systems or single-user interfaces. This gives users a chance to actually use the computers on-line or in person in the museum. An expansion adds direct touch experiences with contemporary technologies such as virtual reality, self-driving cars, the internet of things, and robotics. This puts today's computer technology in the context of how it's being used to tackle real-world issues. LCM+L also hosts a wide range of educational programs and events in their state-of-the art classroom and lab spaces.

Living Computers: Museum + Labs
LCM+L Logo
LCM+L Exterior1.jpg
Exterior of the Museum
Established 25 October 2012 (2012-10-25)
Location 2245 1st Ave S
Seattle, Washington
Coordinates 47°34′57″N 122°20′05″W / 47.582487°N 122.334708°W / 47.582487; -122.334708Coordinates: 47°34′57″N 122°20′05″W / 47.582487°N 122.334708°W / 47.582487; -122.334708
Type Computer museum
Founder Paul Allen
Director Lath Carlson
Curator Aaron Alcorn
Public transit access 21, 594, 132, 106, 50, 102, 590, and 116 Bus Routes and the Link Light Rail
Nearest car park Onsite and Street Parking

According to an archived version of LCM's website, their goal is "to breathe life back into our machines so the public can experience what it was like to see them, hear them, and interact with them. We make our systems accessible by allowing people to come and interact with them, and by making them available over the Internet."[1]

The current site similarly shares that "Living Computers: Museum + Labs provides a one-of-a-kind, hands-on experience with computer technology from the 1960s to the present. LCM+L honors the history of computing with the world’s largest collection of fully restored—and usable—supercomputers, mainframes, minicomputers and microcomputers." [2]



LCM+L (originally known as Living Computer Museum, and before that, was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, on January 9, 2006. Through PDPplanet users were able to telnet into vintage devices and experience timesharing computing on equipment from Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and XKL.[3]

Users around the world can now request a login through the LCM+L website and telnet into systems from XKL, DEC, IBM, Xerox Sigma, AT&T, and CDC.[4]

Living Computer Museum opened to the public on October 25, 2012 and guests can now visit in person to interact with the collection of mainframes, minicomputers, microcomputers and peripherals the museum has on display.[5] Various and changing exhibits in the museum show how much computers and technology have changed over the last 50 years and are changing still.[6]

On November 18, 2016 the institution changed its name to Living Computers: Museum + Labs to reflect its enlarged goals of igniting curiosity through direct touch experiences with contemporary technologies as well as vintage computers.


Collections and exhibitsEdit

The collection consists of publicly donated items and Paul Allen’s personal collection. The working computers on display include one supercomputer, seven mainframes, 10 minicomputers, and over three dozen microcomputers.[5]

In April 2017 a permanent exhibit entitled From the Garage to the iMac: 1976-1999 was unveiled. On display is an operable Apple 1 that visitors can interact with, as well as Apple II, III, Lisa II, Macintosh, and NeXT computers.

LCM+L is still actively collecting and restoring vintage computers.[5] See the want list for important items the collection is looking for.

A list of most of the computers currently on display, and those coming soon, can be found below.


Manufacturer Model Type Year Introduced Available for public use Telnet access[13]
Amstrad PC 1512[14] microcomputer 1986 Yes No
Apple Apple 1[citation needed] microcomputer 1976 Yes No
Apple II[14] microcomputer 1977 Yes No
Apple IIe[14] microcomputer 1983 Yes No
Apple IIc[14] microcomputer 1984 Yes No
Apple Lisa 2[14] microcomputer 1984 Yes No
Apple iMac G3[citation needed] microcomputer 1998 Yes[citation needed] No
Apple Macintosh SE[14] microcomputer 1987 Yes No
AT&T DMD 5620 / 3B2[citation needed] minicomputer 1983 Yes Yes
Atari 2600[citation needed] video game console 1977 Yes No
Atari 400[14] microcomputer 1979 Yes No
Atari 1040 ST[14] microcomputer 1985 Yes No
Commodore PET[14] microcomputer 1977 Yes No
Commodore 64[14] microcomputer 1982 Yes No
Commodore Amiga 500[14] microcomputer 1985 Yes No
Compaq DeskPro 386S[14] microcomputer 1989 Yes No
Compaq Portable[14] microcomputer 1983 Yes No
Control Data CDC 6500[14] mainframe 1967 Yes Yes
Cromemco Z-2D[14] microcomputer 1978 Yes No
Data General Nova[14] minicomputer 1969 Yes No
DEC PDP-7[14] minicomputer 1964 Yes No
DEC PDP-8/E[14] minicomputer 1970 Yes No
DEC PDP-10 KI10 (DECsystem-10)[14] mainframe 1971 Yes Yes[citation needed]
DEC PDP-10 KL10 (DECSYSTEM-20)[14] mainframe 1974 Yes Yes
DEC PDP-10 KS10 (DECSYSTEM-2020)[14] minicomputer 1979 Yes Yes[citation needed]
DEC PDP-11/70[14] minicomputer 1975 Yes Yes
DEC PDP-12[14] minicomputer 1969 Yes No
DEC Rainbow 100[14] microcomputer 1982 Yes No
DEC VAX-11/780-5[14] minicomputer 1982 Yes Yes
DEC VT131[citation needed] terminal 1981 Yes[citation needed] No
DEC VK100 "GiGi"[citation needed] programmable terminal 1982 Yes[citation needed] No
Dell Dimension XPS B733[14] microcomputer 1999 Yes No
E.S.R. Digi-Comp II reproduction[citation needed] toy computer ? Yes No
IBM System/360 Model 91 front panel[citation needed] peripheral 1966 No No
IBM 029 card punch[citation needed] peripheral 1964 Yes[citation needed] No
IBM 4361[14][not in citation given] mainframe 1983 Yes Yes
IBM Personal Computer 5150[14] microcomputer 1981 Yes No
IBM PCjr.[14] microcomputer 1984 Yes No
IBM PC/AT[14] microcomputer 1984 Yes No
IMSAI 8080[14] microcomputer 1975 Yes No
Interdata 7/32[14] minicomputer 1974 Yes Yes[citation needed]
Kaypro 10[14] microcomputer 1983 Yes No
MITS Altair 8800[14] microcomputer 1975 Yes No
Microsoft PixelSense[14] microcomputer 2007 Yes No
Microsoft Xbox One[citation needed] video game console 2013 Yes No
NeXT NeXT Computer[citation needed] microcomputer 1988 Yes No
NorthStar Horizon[14] microcomputer 1977 Yes No
Osborne Executive[14] microcomputer 1982 Yes No
Processor Technology Sol-20[14] microcomputer 1976 Yes No
Radio Shack TRS-80[14] microcomputer 1977 Yes No
Sun Microsystems 3/160[14] microcomputer 1986 Yes No
Tandy 1000[14] microcomputer 1984 Yes No
Teletype Model 33[citation needed] terminal 1963 Yes No
Teletype Model 35[citation needed] terminal 1963 Yes No
Teletype Model 37[citation needed] terminal 1968 Yes No
Texas Instruments TI-99/4A[citation needed] microcomputer 1981 Yes No
Xerox Sigma 9[14] mainframe 1971 Yes Yes
Xerox Alto[14] minicomputer 1973 Yes No
XKL TOAD-1[14] mainframe 1995 Yes No
XKL TOAD-2[14] mainframe 2005 Yes Yes

Under restorationEdit

Programming languages available at LCM+LEdit

Operating systems available at LCM+LEdit

Games available to play, by computerEdit

Computer Games
Atari 2600 Asteroids, Basketball, Super Breakout, Berzerk, Tutankham, Jungle Hunt, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Breakout, Warlords, Missile Command, Star Raiders, Yar's Revenge, Video Checkers, Haunted House, Demons to Diamonds, E.T., Laser Blast, Boxing, Sky Diver, Bowling, Slot Machine, Air-Sea Battle, Dragster, Casino, Video Olympics, Sky Jinks, Tic-Tac-Toe, Space Invaders, Riddle of the Sphinx, Pengo, River Raid, Football, Starmaster.
TI-99 Chisholm Trail, Parsec, Hunt the Wumpus, Alpiner, Tombstone City, Blackjack and Poker, Hopper, Word Radar, Return to Pirate's Isle, Early Learning Fun, A-maze-ing, Tunnels of Doom, Minus Mission, Jawbreaker, Equations, Household Budget Management.
TRS-80 Rat's Revenge, Star Trek, Invasion Force, Space Warp, Craps/Keno, Baccarat/Roulette, Slot Machine/Wheel of Fortune, Paddle Pinball
Atari 400 E.T. Phone Home!, Centipede, Missile Command, Galaxian, Ms. Pac-Man, Pac-Man, Star Raiders, Space Invaders, Jungle Hunt, Jumpman Junior, Qix, Frogger, Moon Patrol, BASIC.
Osborne Executive Chessmaster, Bridge Master
Commodore 64 Choplifter!, Kickman, Bubble Burst, Rootin-Tootin', Congo Bongo, Beamrider, Contra, Castle Wolfenstein, Marble Madness, SimCity, Skyfox, Z-Pilot, Predator, Jordan vs. Bird, Battle of Guadalcanal, Pharaoh's Revenge, Crossfire, Zenji, Lode Runner, Enchanter, Hitchhikers's Guide to the Galaxy, Storm, Uninvited, Threshold, Paperboy, Lunar Leepers, Invaders of the Lost Tomb, Frogger, Dig Dug, Dark Side, Cosmic Tunnels, G.I. Joe, Dark Tower, Tetris, Arctic Fox, Eliminator, Pitstop, Visible Solar System, Bubble Busters
Apple II Zork, Crossword Magic, VisiCalc, Killed Until Dead
Amiga 500 Zany Golf, Earl Weaver Baseball, The Commissioner's Disk, Chroma Paint, Galactic Invasion, F/A-18 Interceptor, Rampage, Detonator, Space Battle, Civilization, Midwinter
Atari 1040 ST Time Bandit, Tanglewood, Crack'ed, MicroLeague Wrestling, SimCity, Dungeon Master, Harley Davidson: The Road to Sturgis, Tetra Quest
IBM PC/AT Hoyle's Official Book of Games, Star Fleet I, Star Fleet II
Commodore PET Star Trek, Rat's Revenge, PET MM
Apple IIc Ulysses and the Golden Fleece, Wizard and the Princess, Rescue Raiders, Minit Man, Beyond Castle Wolfenstein, Asteroid Invasion, Flight Simulator II, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, Dig Dug, Moon Patrol, Jungle Hunt, Stickybear Numbers, Stickybear Opposites, Oregon Trail, Amnesia, Karateka, Summer Games, LOGO.
IBM PCjr Demon Attack, BASIC
Tandy 1000 Maniac Mansion, SimCity, Arkanoid II, Turbo Champions, Solitaire, DOS 3.20 BASIC.
Compaq Deskpro 386S Myst, Command & Conquer, Earthworm Jim, Total Annihilation, Chessmaster 5000, Monopoly, School House Rock, Risk
Dell XPS B733 The Sims, Fine Artist, Croc: Legend of the Gobbos, The Sims: Livin' Large, Age of Empires, Oregon Trail II
Gateway 2000 4DX-33 Creative Writer, Encarta 98, Encarta 98 Deluxe, Cinemania '98, Magic School Bus, Dinosaurs, Encarta '96 World Atlas, Microsoft Bob, Musical Instruments, Multimedia Schubert, Virtual globe
Xbox One Madden NFL 15, Ori and the Blind Forest, Forza Motorsport 6, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2, Jurassic World, Flashback Classics Vol. 1, Flashback Classics Vol. 2, Stern Pinball Arcade, Mega Man Legacy Collection, Rare Replay, Minecraft, Abzu
Virtual Reality Tilt Brush, Space Pirate Trainer, Job Simulator Demo, Audioshield, Snow Fortress, Spooky Night, The VR Museum of Fine Art, Cloudlands, VR Minigolf, Surge, The Night Café, Destinations, Trials on Tattoine, theBlu, Google Earth VR, Rec Room, Spellbound, Broomball, NewRetroArcade, Neon, The Lab


Harry Garland and Paul Allen at an event honoring computer pioneers at the museum in April 2013
Harry Garland and Bill Gates at the same event
A roughly 180° panorama of the "conditioned" room at the Living Computer Museum containing mainframes and large minicomputers.

In the mediaEdit


  1. ^ "What is Living Computer Museum?". Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  2. ^ "About Living Computers: Museum + Labs". Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "Paul G. Allen Launches Web Site Dedicated to Early Computers; Site Celebrates Historic Mainframes and Minicomputers | Business Wire". Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Application for a Guest Account on the Living Computers: Museum + Labs". Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Home - Living Computer Museum". Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Seattle's Living Computer Museum tempts tech tourists". USA Today. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Washington State Senate Resolution 8721"
  8. ^ "Best Geeky Museum: Living Computer Museum". Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Seattle Retro Gaming Expo". Seattle Retro Gaming Expo. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Fashion and Style: Episode 704: Mad Men: The Monolith". AMC.
  11. ^ "Welcome To 1986: Inside "Halt And Catch Fire's" High-Tech Time Machine". 27 August 2016.
  12. ^ "News / Press - Living Computers: Museum+Labs".
  13. ^ "Request a login". Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as "Vintage Computers". Retrieved October 31, 2017.

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