Bolo Museum, Lausanne

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The Musée Bolo is an exhibition at the School of Computer And Communication Sciences at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Romandy, Switzerland. Each exhibit has a different theme such as original microcomputers, video game consoles, and computers organized by country. Posters next to each display case explain the exhibits. Currently it houses around fifty computers. It contains the private collection of the hardware engineer Yves Bolognini.
Within the museum is a collection of old computers dating from the 1960s to the 1990s in danger of disappearance. This is named Bolo’s Computer Museum, (BCM) and opened in June 2002. Besides old computers, this collection includes other items associated with old computers, such as peripheral devices, hardware documentation and related books and magazines.
On 10 November 2011, BMC opened its permanent exhibit, titled "Programmed disappearance", which includes the rarest objects of its collection. Its theme is the various ways in which computers, through trends suchas as miniaturisation or Cloud computing, tend to blend into the background of everyday life and become both pervasive and invisible.
In 2017, Logitech put a number of rare or iconic items on display
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  • The Bolo Museum investigates. This is a unique, provocative and entertaining exhibit that tells the history of computers in a different way.  more »
  • Great piece of computer history in one place. You can learn about our future just looking at the pace of our computer revolution that can be seen in the Bolo Museum. The collection is rich and well...  more »
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  • Hey guys, if you want visitors even during vacations, you should mark the site better. What about signs? Searched the whole campus (you will not find a hint on the official campus-maps) to find three small signs, two printed on sheets of paper. But where is the entrance? Nice riddle, but not for an official museum.
  • nice museum at the epfl, rather small but worth seeing if you are in the area
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