View Full Version : Is there a computer museum?

02-11-2004, 08:57 PM
I have always wondered if there is a computer museum, here in NZ ?

Probably there is such a museum on the Net somewhere but I have not done a search. Dunno about anyone else, but I would find it interesting to see what home PC's were like15 or 20 years ago, as well as the Pac Man games etc etc - - preferably in a unit that actually still runs.

What about TePapa? I don't recall any such exhibit. It seems strange that since home computers (and associated technology) is so pervasive and nearly essential these days, that there isn't a museum that holds the history intact.

Any thoughts?

02-11-2004, 09:03 PM


02-11-2004, 09:06 PM
I think metla operates the 2nd one

02-11-2004, 09:29 PM
Thanks. The one in Dunedin looks great, but the one in Wanganui appears to be a private collection since there is no info on public access.

Still, it would seem that the main centres should have at least an exhibit (perhaps travelling around the country, as museum exhibits do...) or a room devoted to historical computers / technology.

02-11-2004, 09:38 PM
> I think metla operates the 2nd one

Hell NO!!!!1111

If i did it would be set up properly and have a slick webpage.

Its not a bad idea but if your going to ask for gear then it should be done right,and the gear should be on display.

02-11-2004, 09:45 PM
> I have always wondered if there is a computer museum,
> here in NZ ?

Christchurch City Council have a mini display of old PC's and "portables" (yeah right!) in their IT department - not that you are from down that way though....

02-11-2004, 09:45 PM
The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia does have a computer section including the 1st Apple computer, Sinclair ZX82's, Commodore Vic 20 and other weird and wonderful devices, also pre consumer computers driven by valves etc.
Was a fascinating look last time i was over there.

02-11-2004, 09:52 PM
Right,Lets pool everything we have and start a travelling computer Muesem......

02-11-2004, 10:34 PM
what do you want i got a 286 , 386 and the commodore 64 and a copy of DOS , how about a abacus

03-11-2004, 07:24 AM
metla might like to donate his new release, just for a comparison.

03-11-2004, 07:49 AM
Hellllooooo NZ PC World.....!! Is this (establishing a computer museum, perhaps travelling around NZ museums) something that you guys could push along to make happen?

The next time I am at TePapa, I will ask them....

03-11-2004, 08:24 AM
Some of the NZ stores weren't bad for displays of obsolete gear :-)

One of the Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC has a display of computers. When they are just on static museum display they aren't that interesting.

mister harbies
03-11-2004, 09:12 AM

There is actually a Mac Museum in Newton, Auckland City. The museum is located at Magnum Mac and they have the first IMac sold in New Zealand as well as a few apples that look nothing like todays machines.

Mister Harbies

03-11-2004, 12:47 PM
They have some really old stuff in the computer science museum at the Otago University.

I wouldn't really class 286s and 386s museum material. I can still remember playing Commander Keen 4 on them so they aren't that old.

03-11-2004, 01:12 PM
> I have always wondered if there is a computer museum,
> here in NZ ?

Yup, but most of the computers are still in use running Xtra.

03-11-2004, 03:50 PM
I know a collection had been started at Ferrymead some years ago but it was just that - a collection. None running and nobody attending. Obviously there will be a demand eventually. Old computers provided they can be seen working can be quite fascinating.

03-11-2004, 11:36 PM
> I wouldn't really class 286s and 386s museum material.

Yes, I know what you mean, but then again, how many people who now use 'puters would be familiar with 286 and 386's? Even for me (I am not young), a 286 is nearly ancient history, but for those in their teens and early twenties it would be ancient.