Museum of Communications, Seattle
The industrial district south of Seattle seems to have lots of interesting things to visit.

The other weekend, I finally got round to seeing the Museum of Communications - a somewhat-still-operational telephone exchange still crammed with gloriously obsolete electro-mechanical hardware, with the modern stuff long since condensed into a fridge-sized lump somewhere inside. Much of the old equipment is powered up - it's fantastic being able to dial in a number on one of the many rotary telephones, and hear the surrounding machinery rattle and clank into action as it routes the call from one side of the museum to another.

They've plenty of old teletypes, computers, terminals, modems and handsets too. Well worth a visit - but be warned, opening times are a bit limited...

Coming soon: the Living Computer Museum.
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