four robots on display in a glass case


The Robots exhibition continues until 15 April 2018. 

The robots are coming.

In fact, the robots are already here.

We often think of robots as a modern invention, but we’ve been harnessing the power of robotics for more than 500 years. Get close to a unique collection of over 100 robots, from a 17th century dancing wine goblet and an animatronic baby, to Maria from 1927 film classic Metropolis and a news-reading android from Japan. Go behind the scenes and glimpse recent developments in robotic research, and discover how robots are being built to resemble us, interact with us and think like us. Robots explores our obsession with recreating ourselves in human form, and what it truly means to be a human in a robotic world.

Click here to read our robotic posts on the Museum of Science and Industry blog

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Thursday 19 October - Sunday 29 October 2017,
10am – 5pm

The Robots exhibtion continues until 15 April 2018.

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Science and Industry Museum, Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FP

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Booking required

£8 / £5 (concessions available, free for children 6 and under)

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Age guidance

Adults and families 7+

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