Wild animals have been recreated as robots in order to reveal their inner workings.

Creatures from across the animal kingdom have been recreated in machine form, from flies and bats to grasshoppers and giraffes, and even a duck-billed platypus.

Comprised of everyday parts – tubes, hinges and fly-swatters among them – the animal robots offer a unique insight into how their real life counterparts function; for example how they see, eat, hunt or hide.

Interactive exhibits mean visitors can try their hand at jet-propelled squid racing, shoot a chameleon’s ‘tongue-gun’ and design their own robot creature.

Horniman Museum and Gardens

100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ

020 8699 1872


Opening times


Daily, 10am – 5.30pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec


Daily, Mon – Sat, 7.15am – sunset

Sun and Bank Holidays, 8am ​– sunset

Closed 25 Dec

Free to all

Free entry with National Art Pass

Free exhibitions with National Art Pass

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