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Robots Takeover

Wednesday 31 May

Join the robot revolution

Over 18s only

At this month's Lates, the Science Museum invites you to discover more about the mysteries and marvels of robot science. 

Visit the Robots exhibition then listen to talks and discussions about every aspect of the robot revolution, learn how to do The Robot and get up close and personal with all the robots that we could possibly fit inside the Museum. 

Plus, all the regular Lates highlights are waiting for you to enjoy, including live music and the best silent disco in town.

Download the map and guide for this month's Lates

Please note that due to the changes to the UK threat level, we will be searching all bags upon entry to the Museum. 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the Museum on the last Wednesday of every month. Each entry in this hugely popular ongoing series of events centres on a different theme: from sex to climate change, from big data to childhood.

See what we have planned for the coming months

Inspiring, enlightening and unbelievably good fun, Lates always draw a crowd, so we suggest you arrive early to ensure the best chance of getting in. Be advised that you may have to queue before a timed event.


The Universal Laws of Pretty Much Everything
Geoffrey West, Distinguished Professor at the Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico, has spent decades tracing the ways in which cities, companies and organisms work and how each represents a riff on a universal theme, manifesting a surprising simplicity that underlies their extraordinary complexity and diversity.

With the Science Museum's Director of External Affairs Roger Highfield, Geoffrey will discuss his new book, Scale. The book popularises his research and reveals a new way to think about the complexity of our interconnected world, providing surprising insights into why there are no mammals the size of ants, whether cities are glorified organisms and a framework for global sustainability.

Drone Avionics
What’s the difference between planes and drones? Why are drones so cheap and so easy to operate, while conventional aircraft are so expensive and demanding?

I, Robots
The team from I, Science magazine is here tonight to explore the public perception of robots. Build your own Marvin, find out whether you’ll lose your job to robots and take on your friends in our Robopop Challenge.

Also on this month

Think (Talks and object related events)

  • Robot love: Sex and relationships with our mechanical playmates?
  • Why robots need to be clever from head to toe!
  • Drone avionics
  • Autonomous killing machines: Virtual futures salon
  • Dial Medicine for Murder
  • Highlights tour of the Museum
  • Talkaoke
  • Behind the scenes of Robots
  • To automate or evaporate: Can UK industry lead a robot revolution?
  • When will we trust a robotic proxy to do a medical checkup?
  • Hidden gems
  • Can touch this
  • The 'Natural Selection' of robotics
  • The Creature

Experience (Active events such as shows and demonstrations)

  • Silent Disco
  • Tim Peake's spacecraft
  • Roborace car
  • Dance like a robot
  • 3D faces
  • Soapbox rally: Robot warfare
  • I, Robots
  • Inflatable robot and haptics for prosthetic hands
  • Wizard of Oh
  • Robotics x AI
  • Robot-proof job fair
  • Beam yourself to Silicon Valley
  • Amazing assistive robots: Would you have one?
  • Who's steering this thing?
  • 'Drone's Eye View' flight experience
  • Understanding Maths through VR technology

Create (Hands-on creative workshops)

  • Screen grab
  • Robot head
  • Shake it like a polaroid

Regular events 

Wednesday 31 May 2017


Over 18s only

Admission free although some events may require a ticket


Lates: A night of free adults-only entertainment at the Science Museum