Gaming Console and Computer Museum in Mariupol

Visitors to a Mariupol gallery come to see displays featuring old computers, phones, and gaming consoles.

“I have children, I can bring them here and tell them how their father spent a lot of time using these types of computers,” museum visitor Oleksiy Vorobey said.

Dmytro Cherepanov created the museum. He began to collect equipment sporadically. He bought his first computer back in 2003.

“I was overcome by nostalgia. Two, three, pieces and then you have a collection. As it turns out I couldn’t stop. Eventually, it turned into a museum,” Cherepanov said.

Each exhibit has its own history.

For example, Cherepanov acquired a 40-year-old computer from a school in Mariupol.

“In the mid-90s, the music was made using a program called Cubase, and that’s how Queen, Kraftwerk, and Depeche Mode made their music,” Cherepanov said.

Most of the equipment was ordered from abroad.

“This is a Thomson M6 from France and it has a tape recorder in it, a place for cartridges and it is a personal computer that can perform any role at that time. You could work with spreadsheets, draw, write texts, and even programs,” Cherepanov said.

Cherepanov said his exhibit is one-of-a-kind. It took him nearly 16 years to collect all of the pieces and he doesn’t plan to stop any time soon.