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Explore 500 years of humanity’s quest to re-imagine ourselves as machines.

Developed by the Science Museum, Robots features a unique collection of over 100 robots, from the earliest automata to those from science fiction and modern-day research labs.

Looking at five different time periods, the exhibition considers the role of humanoid robots in religious belief, the Industrial Revolution, popular culture and society’s dreams of the future. Recent developments from robotics research are also on display, examining why roboticists are building robots that resemble people and interact in human-like ways.

Visitors can see some of the latest humanoid robots in action, and find out more about what a shared future with robots might be like. There is the opportunity to interact with some of the robots on display. Inkha, once a receptionist at King’s College London, answers questions and offers fashion advice, Zeno R25 replicates visitors' facial expressions, and ROSA moves its camera ‘eye’ and head to watch visitors as they move.


National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 1JF

0300 123 6789


Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm 26 Dec and 1 Jan, 12 – 5pm Closed 25 Dec

Free to all

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