Paul G. Allen
It is possible that no other technology on earth has so continually renewed itself as computer technology. Advances in this field arrive in such swift succession that even the software and hardware of a few seasons ago are considered obsolete. The decades-old computers and software in this collection, therefore, are truly worthy of our preservation and study – both for the cutting-edge innovations of their day as well as for their historical significance.
The Living Computer Museum also fulfills my hope that the achievements of early computer engineers aren't lost to time. I wanted to provide a website and repository that recognized the efforts of those creative engineers who made some of the early breakthroughs in interactive computing that changed the world.
I hope you enjoy learning more about these remarkable machines. I certainly had a ball using them in their heyday – from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. During that period almost all Microsoft development was done on these platforms.
The Paul Allen Computing Challenge
The Paul Allen Computing Challenge (PACC) is an annual challenge that brings together aspiring computer scientists in high school with their peers in order to answer questions about real world scenarios.
Plan a Visit
Assembled by Microsoft cofounder Paul G. Allen, the Living Computer Museum collection presents the meaningful milestones in the evolution of computers. Our vintage computers are restored to working condition, so visitors can interact with them in a variety of ways.
Computer Room Exhibits
Interact with the machines of yesterday, including several models of the PDP-10 family, the TOAD-1, Xerox Sigma 9, and the unique "Eagle" computer.
The Exhibit Hall
Step back in time and see some of the most significant machines from computing's history, like the rare DEC PDP-7, the DEC PDP-8 that forever transformed how we think about computers, and the MITS Altair 8800 – the machine that would inspire Microsoft.