The Computer Museum at DEC Marlboro

Exhibit Information

A description of the exhibits at the Marlboro museum can be found in the following documents:

Digital Computer Museum First Annual Report

The Computer Museum Handout Flyer

Computer Update Nov/Dec 1983

Information About The Site

With the assistance of Digital Equipment Corporation, Gordon and Gwen Bell founded the Digital Computer Museum in a former RCA building in Marlboro, Massachusetts. The Marlboro "tower building" was constructed by RCA in 1970 and later purchased by Digital. It had a grand lobby and open balcony which seemed perfect for exhibit use. The director appointed to lead the museum was Oliver Strimpel, who moved from the Science Museum in London.

On September 23rd, 1979, the Digital Computer Museum opened with a lecture on the EDSAC by Maurice Wilkes. In spring 1982, the Museum received non-profit charitable foundation status from the Internal Revenue Service, and the newly named TCM formally opened to the public on June 10, 1982.

Museum Opening

1982 Inaugural Report by Gwen Bell.

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