Musée Bolo, EPFL ©Alain Herzog/EPFL
Musée Bolo, EPFL ©Alain Herzog/EPFL
Musée Bolo, EPFL ©Alain Herzog/EPFL

Musée Bolo, EPFL

Within the EPFL, the Musée Bolo offers free admission and is open from Monday to Friday. It retraces the history of computing developments through its collections and original projects like “Pomme One”, the slightly crazy idea to reproduce an “Apple 1”, the first computer of the famous Californian brand.

With its collection of computer equipment salvaged by the engineer Yves Bolognini, the Musée Bolo opened its doors in 2002 at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

Illustrating changes in design and the transition from traditional computing to digital technologies, the 500-piece collection includes the IBM PC, the first personal computer for the general public (1981), the first Mac (1984) and the Commodore PET games console.

The collection features many home computers including Commodore, Apple, Atari and Sinclair and has a special focus on calculating machines, from mechanical calculators to games consoles via the pocket calculator.

The Musée Bolo highlights the role Switzerland and the EPFL has had in the development of computing since the 50s, the EPFL being the instigator of several projects, including Smakys, Scrib laptops and the first mice, the ancestors of Logitech products.

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