Aiming to raise over £50,000, the Commodore Computer Museum is a Kickstarter for all fans of C64, VIC-20, and Amiga systems and their heritage.
Promising to focus on the history of the overlooked Commodore computing brand the project promises to be a must-visit. The only problem is that it is in New Zealand.
Well, it seems to be down to the C64’s importance to New Zealand.
- Commodore Computers were the No.1 selling brand by volume in New Zealand in the 1980’s even outselling Commodore Australia on a population adjusted basis.
- Thousands of NZ Farms- the backbone industry of New Zealand – were run on Commodore 64 and Commodore VIC-20
- Hundreds of Pharmacies in New Zealand were run on Commodore 64
- Over 500 NZ Schools used Commodore Computers
Furthermore, Commodore computers in New Zealand were not overseen by Commodore International. Perhaps due to the islands’ remoteness, Commodore Computer New Zealand Ltd was run by three New Zealanders.
Running the Kickstarter is Justin Mitchell.
I want to preserve the history of Commodore Computers in New Zealand…by creating the Commodore Computer Museum. I will be archiving and making available to the public, archive footage… photos and articles that have not been seen since the 1990’s.
Beyond the local stories, the museum will further preserve the stories of innovators from around the globe that did amazing things with the VIC-20, Commodore 64 and the Amiga…and there are many amazing stories to be shared.
To back this project, head to the Kickstarter page and select your preferred support package. Most of these have been provided thanks to support from Retro Games Ltd, Koch Media, System-3, and C64Audio.com. Concerned about the distance? Don’t worry, there will be virtual tours of the museum.
Could the Commodore Computer Museum become a reality? With your help, yes it could.
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