Living Computers: Museum + Labs, Seattle

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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 online or in-person in the museum. An expansion adds direct touch experiences with contemporary technologies such as self-driving cars, the internet of things, big data, 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.

According to an archived version of LCM's website, their goal is "to breathe life back into our machines so the public can experience what it was like to see them, hear them, and interact with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."
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."
As of August 2020, the museum is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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  • 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... 
    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...  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
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  • We had a free museum pass so decided to stop by with two kids aged 3 and 11 without knowing anything about the museum. We were pleasantly surprised by many fun interactive aspects of the museum. They had a huge panoramic screen with a batman looking car for all to enjoy what virtual driving/self driving feels like. They also had a robot with a screen you can control around the museum. Many fun activities that kept our kids busy for about an hour and half.
  • This place is awesome! I've been trying to go here with my family for my birthday for years now but life has gotten in the way + covid... Damn people just wear a mask it's not hard...

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