After 40 years of collecting technology and four years of testing temporary exhibitions, the Computer Museum of America (CMoA) will be opening the doors to its permanent home.
In the past half century, computing has grown from a few gadgets to an almost universal extension of human life. Yet while computing has become commonplace, the history of its innovation is being lost every day, as old technology is discarded, recycled, or consigned to the landfill. CMoA was created to preserve this history, and educate visitors on the past and future of computing, empowering the innovators of tomorrow.
CMoA’s mission is to preserve examples of the computing artifacts that contributed to the digital revolution, to catalog these historically important artifacts, and record their surrounding history. The work will ensure these assets are available for study, for exhibition, for education, and to encourage economic and vocational empowerment. In the months following the opening, they will roll-out carefully curated exhibits featuring selected items from the collection of over 250,000 artifacts from the digital revolution.
The opening exhibit traces the history of the supercomputer, featuring iconic artifacts like the Cray 1A, Connection Machine 2, and the Intel PSC and PSC2, unveiling how these marvels of engineering impact our everyday life and the future. Featured exhibits will include:
A Tribute to Apollo 11 – See a replica of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module “Eagle” perched on a simulated lunar surface. The exhibit will capture the lunar landing experience and the advancement of space exploration and computer technology leading up to the moon landing.
Vanquishing the Impossible — A varied collection of supercomputers will illustrate how these remarkable machines led to dramatic improvements in weather forecasting, aircraft design, national security, and more.
Historical Timeline – Exhibits illustrating the advancements in information and data technology from the early abacus and slide rule right up to the ubiquitous “supercomputers” we call smart phones.
The CMoA will preserve the achievements of the digital revolution to educate, entertain, and inspire the innovator in us all. It’s one of the world’s largest collections of artifacts from the digital revolution.
Roswell Town Center, 5000 Commerce Parkway, Roswell. Museum Hours: Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ❍
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