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Open seven days a week, 10.00-18.00. Entry to the Museum is free.


Our latest blockbuster exhibition explores the 500-year story of humanoid robots and the artistic and scientific quest to understand what it means to be human.

Set in five different periods and places, the exhibition features a unique collection of over 100 robots, from a 16th-century mechanical monk to robots from science fiction and modern-day research labs. Twelve of the robots are working models and you may even get the chance to interact with one.

Other highlights include:

  • An articulated iron manikin from the 1500s
  • Cygan, a giant 1950s Italian robot with a glamorous past
  • One of the first walking two-legged robots

Book your ticket now for this intriguing exhibition and discover just how robots and society have been shaped by religious belief, the Industrial Revolution, 20th century popular culture and our dreams of the future.

Supported by

Heritage Lottery Fund 

With additional support from

Engineering and Physical Science Research Council
Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Switzerland
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
The Mercers' Company

With thanks to supporters of the automaton lathe conservation

The Charles Hayward Foundation
The Worshipful Company of Turners
The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers
And all generous individual donors


Discover the remarkable 500- year story of humanoid robots
From 08/02/2017
To 03/09/2017
Price: £15 adults, £13 concessions (Free entry for under 7s; family tickets available)