Musée Bolo

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Musée Bolo
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Location within Switzerland
Established2002;18 years ago (2002)
LocationEPFL - Bâtiment Inf, Station 14, 1015 Lausanne
Coordinates 46°31′07″N6°33′50″E / 46.51870°N 6.56377°E / 46.51870; 6.56377
Collection sizeComputer equipment
Public transit access Lausanne Metro
Commodore 128D on display at the Musee Bolo, EPFL, Lausanne. Commodore 128D-IMG 1726.jpg
Commodore 128D on display at the Musée Bolo, EPFL, Lausanne.

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. [1] It contains the private collection of the hardware engineer Yves Bolognini. [2]



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. [3] Among them is the Contraves Cora anti-aircraft fire control computer. [4]

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 such as miniaturisation or cloud computing, tend to blend into the background of everyday life and become both pervasive and invisible. [3]

In 2017, Logitech put a number of rare or iconic items on display

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  2. "Musée Bolo". Office Region du Leman. Archived from the original on January 13, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
  3. 1 2 "Programmed disappearance ; the Bolo Museum on the case". École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
  4. Un ordinateur historique retrouvé dans les caves de l’EPFL Archived 2014-11-08 at the Wayback Machine , 24 Heures

Coordinates: 46°31′13″N6°34′05″E / 46.52028°N 6.56806°E / 46.52028; 6.56806