Computation

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The New Media Museum is not primarily focused on being a “computer museum” or collecting “computing artifacts” per se, but appreciating the nature of new media is intricately intertwined with knowing the special properties of computational media and how they gradually evolved over time. Therefore the museum’s collections do encompass computational artifacts related to mechanical and electronic computational devices that predated the computer, a poster display tied to supporting materials that tell the story of how modern computing developed over the course of the 20th Century and an extensive personal computer collection along with the corresponding operating systems, utilities, application software and peripherals.

Early Computation


The history of computation is longer than the history of modern computers, and so the New Media Museum has a collection of mechanical and electronic computational devices that predated the computer. More…

Modern Computing


The Computer Museum in Boston hosted the Pioneer Computer Lecture Series, and posters were created as advertisements for each of the events. Some of those posters were donated to the New Media Museum by Brian Silverman. The posters will be custom framed and hung, and then the accompanying descriptions will include pointers to videos of the lectures on YouTube that, taken together, tell the story of how modern computing developed over the course of the 20th Century. More…

Personal Computing

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The New Media Museum’s personal computing collection includes early 8-bit home computers, gaming consoles, Apple and IBM/Compatible computers along with a comprehensive set of corresponding operating systems, utilities, application software and peripherals. More…

Bookshelf

These are some key books in the collection. More…