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Selections from Doug Engelbart's seminal work can be seen "up close and personal" at the following locations. For additional info, see also our Special Collections by Institution section of the Engelbart Archive Collection.

Smithsonian Museum 1

Exhibit: Places of Invention: Silicon Valley
Where: Smithsonian Museum of American History, Washington, DC
Visit: Plan Your Visit - Places of Invention
Website: americanhistory.si.edu

Opened July 1, 2015 - Featuring Doug Engelbart with the original computer mouse, Places of Invention showcases five places of focused innovation, including Hollywood and Silicon Valley, in the all new Lemelson Center for Invention and Innovation within the Smithsonian Museum of American History. We recommend browsing the entire museum if you have time, full of fascinating exhibits. Places of Invention is also exhibited online. See more photos from Christina Engelbart's visit, and some great articles:

Past Exhibits: (1990-2006) Excerpts from Doug's 1968 Demo were also showcased in the Exhibit on the Information Age, for which Curator David K. Allison was awarded the prestigious 1990 Dibner Award.

Related Awards: Doug Engelbart received at the Smithsonian Museum of American History (1) the 1994 Price Waterhouse Lifetime Achievement Award; and (2) the 1997 Lemelson-MIT Prize. For details see Honors Awarded to Doug Engelbart.

Computer History Museum 2

Exhibit: Revolution - The First 2000 Years of Compuing
Where: Computer History Museum, Mt. View, CA
Visit: Plan Your Visit
Website: computerhistory.org

Doug Engelbart's work is featured in several exhibits at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, also viewable online.

Upstairs is the CHM Hall of Fellows where you'll find 2005 Fellow Doug Engelbart's nameplate; online you can browse Doug's Fellow Award profile as well as the listing of all CHM Fellows to date.

In the Exhibition Hall on the first floor is the main exhibit "Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing." We recommend browsing all the exhibits! You'll find Doug's contributions exhibited in several tour stops, which you can also browse online in their Virtual Tour (for list view, click top right):

In the Revolution's Online Exhibit (list view):

More treasures online:

In their Archive Center, the CHM also curates considerable physical papers, documents, notes, and records from Engelbart's historic lab at SRI and from the Network Information Center which launched in his lab -- see the comprehensive Finding Aid compiled by Jake Feinler, as well as CHM's Jake Feinler Oral History (102702199); CHM was also home to the Software Preservation Project.

Related Awards: Doug Engelbart was named a Fellow of the Computer History Museum in 2005. For details see Honors Awarded to Doug Engelbart.

National Inventors Hall of Fame 3

Exhibit: Experience American Ingenuity
Where: Alexandria, VA
Visit: Plan Your Visit
Website: invent.org/museum

Related Awards: Doug Engelbart was inducted to the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1998. For details see Honors Awarded to Doug Engelbart.

IBM Think 4

Exhibit: IBM's THINK Exhibit
Where: Online and Around the World
Website: Ongoing

The IBM Think exhibit began as an award-winning exposition at the Lincoln Center in New York City in the Fall of 2011, where "IBM brought together established and up-and-coming leaders from across the globe to deepen our collective understanding of the keys to success on a smarter planet." -- see Lincoln Center below for details.

Building on that success, IBM continued unveiling new inspirational posters each year. See the virtual Gallery of THINK Posters, and video short IBM THINK: A film about making the world work better.

Engelbart Poster: In 2015, IBM selected an inspirational quote from Doug Engelbart for the 2015 IBM THINK Poster (shown at right). The quote, excerpted from his writings on business strategy and technology, reads:

"Payoff will come when we make better use of computers to bring communities of people together and to augment the very human skills that people bring to bear on difficult problems." – Doug Engelbart (click to see it in context)

The quote is taken from Engelbart's paper "Improving our Ability to Improve: A Call for Investment in a New Future" which he presented at the World Library Summit in Singapore in 2002. See also the PRINT Version of the finished poster.

Designer's Notes: The designer who created the Engelbart poster, celebrity photographer Jake Chessum, shared his design notes.

Press: Reimagine the Future with the "THINK" Posters by IBM.

Origins: Jump below to Lincoln Center for the origins of the IBM Think Exhibit, presented at the Lincoln Center in New York City September 2011.

Parc du Radôme 5

Exhibit: Behind Our Digital World
Where: La Cité des Télécoms, Pleumeur-Bodou, France
Visit: Plan Your Visit
Website: cite-telecoms.com/en/

While in France, do visit La Cité des Télécoms at the Parc du Radôme - loisirs et découvertes. Literally "The City of Telecom," this exhibit showcases the history of telecommunications, whose section titled Behind the Scenes of the Digital World asks "How did the digital revolution come about? What are the principles behind digital technology? How does the user interact with these devices?.." features a faithful replica of the original wooden mouse that is now exhibited at the Smithsonian.

Gallery: See also this wonderful Photo Gallery and Slide Show of the Digital World exhibit by Pierre-Yves Paranthoën. Or the abbreviated Slide Show offered at djibnet.

SRI International 6

Exhibit: SRI's World Changing Innovations
Where: SRI Headquarters Main Lobby, Menlo Park, CA
Website: sri.com

On your next visit to SRI International, where Doug Engelbart and his team conducted their seminal research in the 1960s and '70s, stop by the Main Lobby to browse the display case showcasing key SRI innovations. Doug Engelbart is shown with President Bill Clinton on the occasion of receiving the 2000 National Medal of Technology. Below the photo is a replica of the original mouse, plus a bronze cast of the patent on the mouse. Also showcased are Siri, the Internet, Shakey the Robot, and other firsts by his peers at SRI. Learn more on their website:

Related Awards: Doug Engelbart received the Gibson Achievement Award from SRI in 1999. For details see Honors Awarded to Doug Engelbart.

Past Exhibits 7

V&A Museum 7a

Exhibit: You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-70
When: 10 Sep 2016 – 26 Feb 2017
Where: Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
Hashtag: #RecordsandRebels
Website: vam.ac.uk

"How have the finished and unfinished revolutions of the late 1960s changed the way we live today and think about the future?"

"This seminal exhibition will shed new light on the wide-reaching social, cultural and intellectual changes of the late 1960s, [including] one of the most important revolutions – computers." The Revolution Exhibit is divided into six exhibition spaces. The sixth space, titled "Revolution in communicating," looks at the USA's west coast through alternative communities and the pioneers of modern computing, including a contemporary replica of the first computer mouse and a film from a 1968 demo where its inventor, Doug Engelbart, confidently asserts: "We're calling this a mouse for the moment, I'm sure somebody will come up with a better name."


Lincoln Center 7b

Exhibit: IBM THINK Exhibit
Where: New York, NY
When: Sep 20-21, 2011

During the weekend of September 20-21, 2011, IBM presented the novel exhibit THINK - A Forum on the Future of Leadership at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Produced in collaboration with Ogilvy & Mather, this exhibit "brought together established and up-and-coming leaders from across the globe to deepen our collective understanding of the keys to success on a smarter planet." Inspirational quotes were incorporated into a series of posters that were displayed across NYC, and the exhibit itself featured large interactive displays as well.

Following the award-winning success of the 2011 exhibit, IBM continued unveiling new inspirational posters each year.

Jump to IBM Think above for the ongoing virtual exhibit, including the 2015 Doug Engelbart THINK poster

More on the 2011 Exhibit at the Lincoln Center: IBM Invite You To Think and Welcome to IBM at 100, press articles IBM THINK at Lincoln Center and the NY Times' Data as Art, as Science, as a Reason for Being.

Experience the Exhibit:
Visual Essays - IBM Think Exhibit: Putting visitors at the center and IBM THINK Centennial Exhibit & App
Video Shorts - THINK: An Exploration into Making the World Work Better and IBM - Think Exhibit.

Companion Book: Making the World Work Better: The Ideas That Shaped a Century and a Company, by Kevin Maney, Steve Hamm, Jeffrey O’Brien. Published 2011 by IBM Press.