Even though I feel that Apple should think different on the issue, Phil Schiller has made it perfectly clear, there will not be an Apple museum in the company's futuristic, spaceship campus when it opens in 2016.
All is not lost however. Fans will be able to get their fill of Apple paraphernalia at the Vintage Computer Festival Southeast (VCFSE) when it opens in the greater Atlanta region in late April. Roswell, Georgia will host what is being billed as "a public celebration of computer history and nostalgia" on April 20 & 21, 2013.
The original Vintage Computer Festival was held in Pleasanton, California in October 1997 and now it's arriving in the greater Atlanta area this April. The mission remains the same as that very first show:
The main mission of the Vintage Computer Festival is to promote the preservation of "obsolete" computers by offering attendees a chance to experience the technologies, people and stories that embody the remarkable tale of the computer revolution.
Located about 30 minutes north of Atlanta, the VCFSE is being hosted and produced by the Computer Museum of America and the Atlanta Historical Computing Society. The festival features a number of exhibits that are sure to delight any Apple historian.
The Apple Pop-Up Museum which tells the story of how a small start-up company, founded in a garage by two young friends, became the leading consumer electronics and personal computer company in the world. The exhibit displays an exclusive collection of game-changing Apple personal computers and consumer electronic products while presenting the history of the company since its founding in 1976 to the present. An Apple I, the first disk II and controller card, original apple II, original Lisa and even a Xerox Alto are among the rare artifacts to be displayed, plus much, much more.
The exhibits includes over 6,000 square feet of display space organized into the following rooms:
- Pre-Apple Room
- Apple I Room
- Apple II Room
- Turmoil Years Room
- No Founders Left Room
- Jobs' Come Back Room
- Ive's Colors Room
- iPod / iPhone / iPad Room
- The Timeline Lounge
- Apple's Present to the Future Room
In addition to the dedicated Apple rooms, dozens of exhibitors will display a large variety of historic computers including an exhibit hall with live demonstrations. Gamers will appreciate the vintage game station which allows attendees to play classic games on both computers and game consoles.
Two retrocomputing kit building classes will be held for DIY types, plus continual, inexpensive "introduction to soldering" classes will be offered for people that love the smell of flux.
A one-day adult ticket to VCFSE costs $10 and a two-day pass is only $15. Children 17 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
If you have a small Apple museum in your garage or basement (and who doesn't?), you don't want to miss this!
What's your most prized piece of vintage Apple hardware?