Robots

8 Feb — 3 Sep 2017 at the Science Museum in London, United Kingdom

18 MAY 2017
Kodomoroid communication android by Osaka University and ATR Laboratories, Japan, c. 2014. Courtesy of Science Museum
Kodomoroid communication android by Osaka University and ATR Laboratories, Japan, c. 2014. Courtesy of Science Museum

A truly mind-bending array of humanoid imagery

(The Daily Telegraph)

A treasure trove of robotic delights

(The Guardian)

A bold and compelling show

(The Times)

From the dawn of mechanised human forms to cutting-edge technology fresh from the lab, Robots reveals the astonishing 500-year quest to make machines human.

Focusing on why they exist rather than on how they work, our blockbuster exhibition explores the ways robots mirror humanity and the insights they offer into our ambitions, desires and position in a rapidly changing world.

Robots takes you on an incredible journey spanning five centuries, illustrated with robotic artefacts from around the globe from a 16th century mechanised monk to some of film’s most iconic robotic creations and the very latest humanoids.