Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum

Paderborn is home to Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum, the world’s largest computer museum (according to them), and for some reason I had never been there. Even though the weather wasn’T ideal, I decided to make the two hour trip to Paderborn and pay this museum a visit.

Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum

In the end I spent about three hours there, having seen only a faction of the 1000 items they have on display. The exhibition is very interactive and great fun for visitors of all ages.

Exhibits

Xerox Alto

The Xerox Alto, introduced in 1973, it featured innovations such as a mouse, graphical user interface and Ethernet, but was never commercialized.

MITS Altair 8800

The Altair 8800 from MITS, the micro computer that made Bill Gates drop out of Harvard and start Microsoft, when he saw it on the cover of Popular Electronics.

Elektromechanische Telefonvermittlung

Partial view of an electro-mechanical telephone exchange that allows you to see and hear your call getting connected, as you dial a number on one of the phones to reach the other. The first time in 25 years that I’ve used a rotary phone.

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