The historic Club 8-bit computer museum fell victim to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

The historic Club 8-bit computer museum fell victim to Russia's invasion of Ukraine

During the siege of Mariupol in Ukraine, the so-called Club 8-bit, the historical computer museum, was destroyed. On March 21, its owner, Dmitry Cherepanov, informed about it, but only now the news was picked up by the media.

Club 8-bit destroyed. It was one of the largest private computer history museums in Ukraine

Millions have suffered in the continuing Russian invasion of Ukraine, and losses of all kinds will systematically come to light. Works of art as well as museums will surely be part of this loss, as exemplified by Club 8-bit, one of the largest private computer museums in the country.

All that remains of the collection that I have been collecting for 15 years is [już] only excerpts from the memories on the FB website, the museum’s website and radio station

– wrote the owner.

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Club 8-bit covered over 500 pieces of computer history, some of which date back to the 1950s. It focused primarily on the collection of Soviet-era computers that the owner himself had collected and restored, which took him over a decade. The owner himself is alive, but as he is in Mariupol, like hundreds of thousands of other Ukrainians, he has lost… everything.