Russia’s invasion of Ukraine destroys the Retro Computer Museum

The escalating war in Ukraine has destroyed a museum dedicated to retro computers.

Earlier this week, the owner of the Club 8-Bit Museum in Mariupol, Ukraine reported the sad news on a Facebook page. “That’s it, the Mariupol Computer Museum is no longer there,” wrote Dmitry Cherepanov.

“What I’ve been collecting from my collection for over 15 years are pieces of memories on the museum’s FB page, website, and radio station,” he said.

Established in 2003, the Club 8-Bit Museum houses a collection of over 120 retro computers, many of them ZX Spectrum systems, which were popular in Ukraine and Russia during the 1980s. Gizmodo documented the museum in a video two years ago, indicating that the Club 8-bit also had an extensive collection of retro keyboards and video gaming systems.

The museum also houses an Apple IIc computer, the Compaq Portable III, the Atari 400, and several Soviet-era computers from the 1980s and 1990s. According to Club 8-Bit’s website, “in total, over 500 exhibits from the IT sector from the 1950s to the early 2000s” were housed in the museum.

The destruction of the museum took place as Mariupol faces an intense siege from Russian military forces, who are shelling residential buildings across the city. In his Facebook post, Cherepanov said: “Neither is my museum nor my house. And it hurts, but I will definitely avoid it and find a new home.”

In a reply on Facebook, Cherepanov thanked users for their sympathy and said that he plans to launch a web hosting service platform in the meantime.

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