Museum of Modern Human Progress (American Computer Museum)

Tucked away in a small business park, on the first floor, and taking up maybe the space of a small business, is the most fascinating, engaging, informative, coolest and so many more, museum. It is a museum for geeks, nerds, and the down right aficionado of the computer world.  It makes the geek just go “squee” and is still interesting for kids.

I spent an afternoon there on the sixth of June. I could have spent a day in each of the different rooms. But time constraints made that impossible.

Let me give you some ideas about this place.

Apple 1 Computer (1976) – Donated by its Inventor, Steve Wozniak – the Co-Founder along with Steve Jobs of the Apple Computer Company.

Numbering Systems: Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Hindu-Arabic & Binary: The Bits & Bytes based system used for Text, Image & Music Recording are explained.

The First Cell & Smart Phones: Inspired in Part by Star Trek – Brick-Sized & Flip Style Devices by Motorola, Radio Shack, IBM “Simon”, Nokia, Apple “Newton”, etc…

Thomas Edison: The Light Bulb & The Phonograph – Experience the Inventiveness & Innovation of Edison’s mind.

Exact Reconstruction from Bell Laboratories of Alexander Graham Bell’s First Telephone & Several Antique/Rare Early Telephones and Switchboards.

Early Cro-Magnon Art depictions, Original Sumerian/Babylonian Clay Tablets (4,500+ years old), The Antikythera Mechanism: the First Computer (80 B.C.E.) – only reconstruction of its type on public display in the Western Hemisphere.

A Scriptorium with Original 13th Century Manuscripts, A Reconstruction of the Gutenberg Press & 500+ Year Old Original Gutenberg Press Printed Documents

Shakespeare’s Macbeth: Original First Printing from the First Folio (1623)

The First Internet: The Telegraph – Original 1770s Benjamin Franklin commissioned Static Electricity Machine, the First Battery: A Volta Pile, Original handwritten documents by Samuel Morse regarding the 1st Telegraph line, Pony Express items including a Mail Pouch and Civil War Telegrams to/from the White House.

The Norden Bombsight (WWII), the ABC Computer (Atanasoff/Berry) & the ENIAC.

Weaving Looms to Software: The Evolution of the Jacquard Loom Methods to the Work of Babbage and Ada and on into the Punched Card Systems of IBM.

4 Pillars of 20th Century Computer Science: Alan Turing, John von Neumann, Claude Shannon & Grace Hopper: Original Publications & Papers

Wireless: The Handie-Talkie from WWII, the History of Radios, Televisions including Philo Farnswoth, the 1st TV Remote (1956), 1st Editions of Works by Faraday, Hertz, Maxwell and Marconi.

Human Brains & Computers

The Microprocessor Invention: 1971

Steve & Steve: An Exhibit of the History of the Apple Computer Company with Images & Artifacts provided in part by Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of the Apple Computer Company.

Women in Science & Technology

 
First Commercial Computer (1949), the Minuteman 1 Missile Computer (1962), the PDP-8 (first desktop computer, 1965), the Apollo Moon Mission Navigation Computer (1967), the Watch worn on the Moon by Commander Scott of Apollo 15 & the History of Personal Computers & Video Games.
 
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