Vintage Computers

We house the world's largest collection of fully-restored--and useable-supercomputers, mainframes, minicomputers and microcomputers.

Our collection of vintage computers, both on exhibit or in storage, includes sets of documentation, technical drawings, software and spare parts.
 
Use our catalog on the right to explore the full collection or preview a selection of computers currently on view below. Want to know if a specific computer, operating system, or piece of software is on display and available for use? Contact us!
Library and Archive
We strive to be the foremost cultural, historical, and technical resource for experiencing hands-on computing technology.

Search Living Computers: Museum + Labs’ catalog to find out what kinds of computers, hardware, software, and documentation we have collected so far.

MainframesMinicomputersMicrocomputersEmulations
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Mainframes

In the beginning, computer were big, complicated machines that fill entire rooms. Computers were hard to use. Punch cards and disk-packs stored data. Telephone lines connected terminals to distant computer systems. Relive the Colossal experience of "big iron" in our climate-controlled computer room, featuring mainframe computers from the 1960s and 1970s.
CDC 6500
Introduced in 1967
Xerox Sigma 9
Introduced in 1971
XKL TOAD-1 System
Introduced in 1995

Minicomputers

Just as bulky as a modern refrigerator, minicomputers prove that size is relative. These computers came to popularity in the mid-1960s when the Digital Equipment Corporation introduced a series of “small” and inexpensive systems with real-time, interactive computing. Today, we love to challenge them to games of chess.
DEC PDP-8e
Introduced in 1965
Xerox Alto
Introduced in 1973
DEC PDP-7
Introduced in 1964

Microcomputers

Before computers became “personal,” they were called microcomputers. Part of the movement to make computing more accessible and not just for business, government, or academics – microcomputers inspired Paul Allen and Bill Gates to create Microsoft, allowed a pair of guys named Steve to form Apple, and awoke a sleeping giant called IBM.
Apple I
Introduced in 1976
MITS Altair 8800
Introduced in 1975
IBM Personal Computer
Introduced in 1981
TRS-80
Introduced in 1977

Emulations

Sometimes you can't bring everything completely back from the dead. That's where emulations come in – simulations of computers, terminals, and operating systems – which allow users to run old programs as they would in a physical version of the machine. To view or download any emulations created by Living Computers, check out our github page.
ContrAlto
Introduced in 2016
MULTICS
Introduced in 1973
sImlac
Introduced in 2017