More Macs Than They Can Count: Inside the Moscow Apple Museum [Gallery]

More Macs Than They Can Count: Inside the Moscow Apple Museum [Gallery]

The Twentieth Anniversary Mac

Should you find yourself in Moscow anytime soon, you can visit. The museum is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4pm to 8pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6pm. Admission is a very reasonable $7.

More Macs Than They Can Count: Inside the Moscow Apple Museum [Gallery]

Just like a modern Apple Store

To date, there have been over 5,000 visitors, and the whole place is modelled on a modern Apple Store.

“People come here to use the computers,” says Andrey. “You see children and adults playing games, trying out software. You see the adults fondly remembering their childhood. There’s a great atmosphere.”

Andrey himself now uses a 2009 MacBook Pro. “It’s enough for my needs,” he says.

You can see a full gallery of 65 photos from Andrey’s museum over on Flickr. What impressed me as I browsed through the images was how incredibly clean and new-looking all his machines are. This Apple II looks like it’s just come out of its box.

Another thing that struck me was how much the museum resembles a modern Apple Store. The computers are all laid out neatly on desks, switched on, ready to be used. They invite you in, they invite you to come and play. Just like today’s Stores do.

The last thought that went through my head was: wouldn’t it be great if there was something like this closer to Apple’s origins in California? How about it, San Francisco-based Apple collectors?

(Author’s note: I don’t speak Russian, and Andrey doesn’t speak English, so this interview was conducted by email via Google Translate. Please forgive any errors of translation that have occurred as a result.)

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  • djkikrome

    I have a collection of stuff but don’t see any use for any of it. And no one wants it either. A Lisa, Apple II, Apple Iic, Mac Classic, Mac SE, Imagewriter, laserwriter II, Zip Drives, etc. etc.

  • thehighesttimes

    I was born in 1992 so it’s amazing to me how much plastic was used for EVERYTHING. Still cool though man. The oldest I have is a 2002 flat panel iMac I got for my 10th birthday, still got all the original stuff for it.

  • ftpman

    I have a collection of stuff but don’t see any use for any of it. And no one wants it either. A Lisa, Apple II, Apple Iic, Mac Classic, Mac SE, Imagewriter, laserwriter II, Zip Drives, etc. etc.

    There are a lot of people still buying all things Apple II/Lisa/IIC/III etc. so age doesn’t matter. If you don’t like Ebay, BluJay is free and Applefritter is a great place to get rid of working Apple hardware and software of any vintage if you prefer person to person.

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Giles TurnbullGiles Turnbull is a freelance writer in England. He also writes for the Press Association and The Morning News. You can find out more at his website, and follow him on Twitter @gilest.

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