The History of the Computerspielemuseum in One Minute

The entrance to the Computerspielemuseum in Berlin
The entrance to the Computerspielemuseum in Berlin | © Schoening / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Brienne Pierce
14 September 2020

The Computerspielemuseum in Berlin is the first of its kind in Europe. Its celebration of the many (leisurely) avenues of computers makes it a fun way to tour a museum. It’s a great cultural alternative for those who find themselves shying away from the hefty information overload of regular museums .

Some might think having a whole institution dedicated to the art, enjoyment and general craft of computer games might be unnecessary, but this hugely important part of contemporary culture cannot be ignored. If anything, it should be celebrated. The Computerspielemuseum is an excellent tool to deepen our understanding of these fascinating complex mechanisms.

With its first fixed exhibition dating back to 1997, this institution dedicated to the interactive world of technological entertainment has been riding the evolution of this medium for almost two decades. Since opening its doors, it has not only exhibited nationally, but internationally as well.

The pieces that make up its exhibitions are thanks to the Association for the Advancement of Youth and Social Work, a non-profit organization that has worked tirelessly to put together a stellar collection for 13 years. With these various components in tow, Gameshouse gGmbH is able to successfully run Computerspielemuseum and make it what it is today.

The collection consists of over 22,000 computer games and applications, 10,000 volumes of journals and 300 consoles and computer systems. It covers the medium in just about every aspect. There are old computer consoles that look like ancient artefacts compared to today’s slimmed-down technology, vintage posters, interactive games and more. It’s about playing as much as it is about looking. With over 300 interactive exhibits that include items such as a 1980s arcade game and a Nintendo console, it’s a can’t-miss for gaming enthusiasts. Computerspielemuseum is a place to discover a booming aspect of our cultural history while engaging and having fun.

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