Operational computer history

  • Almost all exhibits in our museum are restored and fully functional: They can be turned on and take the user back to a time of oil, mechanics, shaky buttons and glowing bulbs.
  • This is very different to popular computer history and science museums. The operation of our devices are always demonstrated during the guided tours. Visitors get a completely different impression of the circumstances of that time.
  • We concentrate on the first devices which were called "computers", i.e. a time span of roughly 1927 until 1972. We do not cover personal computers (late 1970s and beyond) at all. On principle, almost all of our machines are big and bulky, they can be opened and one can watch the machine do computational steps.

Didactics and labs

  • Naturally, our museum attracks "veterans" who worked with these machines in the past. We recognize the knowledge and work together to restore the machines.
  • Our most pleasant target group are kids, school classes and students. We organize workshops to build and program both old and new technology.
  • On a regular level, we carry out guided tours for everybody. We attract people throughout Germany and neighbouring contries.
  • We also host cultural events in the scope of broadcasting our message. We frequently invite speakers from science and industry in order to highlight the development and importance of computer history.
Photo of the museum building

The Museum

Location

  • The museum is located in the center of Germany, close to Frankfurt am Main. It is privately owned and run.
  • For details, see contact data

Opening hours

  • We don't have regular opening hours. Instead, we accept only group bookings for guided tours. Minimum number of participants 8, maximum 20, ideal 10-16.
  • Guides are available only in German language.
  • Students have free admission.