The Heinz Nixdorf Museums Forum, Central Venue for the “History of Computing”

  • Norbert Ryska
  • Jochen Viehoff
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 416)


In the late 1970s Heinz Nixdorf began to collect historical calculating devices and early computers to serve as the basic exhibits of a computer museum. After Nixdorf’s death, the Nixdorf Foundation was set up to develop the museum. To see the different ways of looking at computer history, a pluralistic approach was chosen, with the focus on the history of objects, ideas, people or societies. This paper tells something of the development, goals and purpose of the museum.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norbert Ryska
    • 1
  • Jochen Viehoff
    • 1
  1. 1.Heinz Nixdorf MuseumPaderbornGermany

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