York University Computer Museum

Type: Museum

This museum  preserves, documents and interprets the information age in Canada, with special emphasis on the development of Canadian computing and information technologies and industries.The museum initiates and supports a broad range of activities from historical  research and student supervision to exhibits, lectures, seminars and  other forms of public presentation. This museum is located in the  Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at York University’s Keele campus.




The archives and special collections focus on specific companies,
computer pioneers and entrepreneurs,social, cultural, and technological issues and events (such as the  computer hobby movement, computer clubs,computing networking, publishing, retail, education, computer  hardware, software, and infrastructure).


  • Computer hardware such as, microcomputer systems, their peripherals, and components.
  • Computer software on various storage media (such as magnetic tapes and disks, floppy diskettes, paper tapes, punched cards, CDRoms, audio cassettes) and in human-readable form.
  • Documents, brochures, drawings, manuals, guides, catalogues, reports, corporate documents, research papers, books, articles,  newsletters and other publications.
  • Promotional materials and photographs.
  • Oral histories.

Public Programming:


Seminars are held on themes related to the development and introduction of computer and information technologies in Canada. The museum organizes exhibits, tours, and outreach programs.
Museum’s resources are accessible to researchers, students, educators, and the media.


A virtual tour is available to provide a brief presentation of some
computer hardware designed and/or manufactured in Canada, as well as  other computer related materials. Another virtual exhibit is offered  which provides photographs of computer technologies at York University during the 1970s.

Volunteer/Internship/Placement Opportunities:

The museum offers volunteer opportunities, such as an involvement in  reconstruction projects, exhibit creation,
archiving, and guiding visitors. New volunteers are given direct
supervision by either faculty or experienced volunteers.

Address & Contact Information:

Lassonde Building
York University
LB 2003
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
M3J 1P3

Phone: 416-736-5053
Email: museum@cs.yorku.ca
Website: http://www.cse.yorku.ca/museum

Hours of Operation:

By appointment only.

Key Words: technology