System Source Computer Museum – Cockeysville, Maryland - Atlas Obscura

System Source Computer Museum

Its diverse collection of computers and technology spans the ages.  

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Housed in the System Source office, this museum contains a vast collection of computing equipment from the ancient and modern world. They are all organized through an array of thoughtful exhibits that also include interactive examples. 

Visitors to the museum learn from dedicated and extremely knowledgeable volunteers about the early days of computing and automation. Exhibits include a replica of an Apple I, information on how heavy the aluminum cover of a Cray supercomputer is, and several computing instruments from the past such as Napier’s Bones, an Antikythera mechanism, and early computing calculators from the early 20th century.

The museum features sections including extensive collections of large and small computers from Apple, Burroughs, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), Commodore, Cray, Epson, Univac, and many others, as well as lesser-known collections from the United Kingdom, Japan, and elsewhere.

There is also an extensive exhibit with both popular and obscure gaming consoles from the dawn of computer gaming.

The displays are crafted so that all visitors can garner a better understanding of the advancements of computing technology. 

If you’re a tech enthusiast that wants to learn more about the history of computing or have a strong desire to stroll down memory lane, this is the place for you.

Know Before You Go

The museum is located in a business park. Parking is abundant. The museum is open between 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guided tours (recommended) are available by calling in advance 410-771-5544. All tours are free. A Virtual tour is at https://museum.syssrc.com/tour

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