Owned and operated by Syd Bolton and a team of 40 volunteers, the Personal Computer Museum is located in the back of a residential property in Brantford, Ontario. The focus of the museum is home computers. On display are retro computers such as the Commodore VIC 20, Commodore 64, Amiga, TRS80, and others. The game systems include Atari 2600 and Vectrex. Additionally, rarer computers like the Coleco Adam can be spotted. The museum spans 2 levels, and a total of about 1000 sq. ft (~100 sq. metres)!
What makes this museum different from other similar retro computer museums is that patrons are welcome to touch, test, and operate the computers on display! It’s a very interactive experience.
The PCM opens its doors to the public monthly. On November 12, the museum held a fundraiser PacMan Tournament. The event was a pretty big deal, attended by the local MPP Dave Levac (Member of Provincial Parliament for Brant County), who reminisced about how PacMan helped shaped the lives of many people and “stabilised life as we know it!”
The museum had so many PacMan versions that I’d never seen before! Brantford’s official town crier, David McKee, announced the beginning of the tournament.
Participants included children of all ages, adults, and seniors. Yours truly found herself on the leaderboard for a very short time, until being knocked off by some mad PacMan playing skills of other players. The winner was Corey Guest, who received the 2016 trophy.
In addition to the hardware, participants got a tour of Syd’s personal video game collection! This is the largest video game collection in Canada and separate from the museum. Console games include PlayStation, PS 2, Xbox, and Xbox 360. It spans many rooms, and is the result of collecting games over time and space. It is an amazing collection!
It was a great day, and all participants had a great time catching the ghosties. Maybe the next fund raiser can be a Tetris Tournament? It’s worth the drive to Brantford.