Mainframe and Supercomputer Museum

Help us realise a computer museum in the east of the Netherlands.

The money donated will go towards the acquisition and restoration of old supercomputers and mainframes, and the realisation of a museum centered around these important historical artefacts. Camiel Vanderhoeven started collecting old computers early on in life, and now the focus is mainly on 1960s-1990s supercomputers and mainframes, the behemoths that represent the pinnacle of technological achievement in electronics.

The collection currently consists - besides many smaller systems - Convex , Digital Equipment , Intel , Ardent , and Silicon Graphics supercomputers, as well as parts of Cray and CDC supercomputers and parts of IBM , Burroughs, ICL , and Univac mainframes. It's housed in the barn of an old farmhouse. More information about the collection can be found at vaxbarn.com.

While these systems are generally so old that they change hands for no or little money, transporting them costs real money. Restoring them to working order sometimes requires expensive parts, and running them for any length of time requires a lot of electricity. Finally, the collection is becoming too large for its current location, so we're looking to rent a space for it that would also be suitable to open the collection to the public as a museum.

Your support will make it possible to showcase what the bleeding edge of computer technology used to look like, and will help provide an important educational resource.

In return, we will be glad to arrange for you a private tour of the collection (even before the museum has been realised), and publicly show our appreciation for your gift.

Make sure to check the updates, as we'll post some information about the campaign, and about items in the collection there regularly.

Organizer

Camiel Vanderhoeven
Organizer
Netterden, NL

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