Startup’s Last Stand

The clock is ticking on one of Albuquerque’s best-kept secrets.

Startup: Albuquerque and the Personal Computer Revolution, one of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science’s longest-running exhibitions, will close on November 14th, taking with it the fascinating story of Microsoft’s birth here in the Duke City.

In 1976, Bill Gates and Paul Allen came to work for MITS, an Albuquerque-based company manufacturing the Altair 8800, largely recognized as the world’s first personal computer. During their two-year tenure in Albuquerque, the men created Microsoft, developing the BASIC code which would go on to become Windows in 1985 and change the world forever.

In addition to Microsoft’s narrative, Startup offers a rare opportunity to explore the PC’s evolution from goliath machinery, capable of only the basest of calculations- to smartphones and tablets, which are millions of times more powerful than their ancestors.

Many of the artifacts will travel to Paul Allen’s computer museum in Seattle after Startup closes, where they will be on permanent display.

For more information on the exhibition, visit

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