From 8 February to 3 September 2017
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.
£15 for adults, £13 for concessions (Suitable for age 8+)
Ticket info and deals
Tickets are for designated time slots to help us manage visitor numbers during busy times.
Robots is open until 22.00 every Friday (last entry at 21.00). Students get 50% off at our Friday late openings - please bring a valid NUS or student card. Over 60s get 50% off on Tuesdays.
Find out about special rates for pre-booked group visits
science museum lates
Join us for a robots-themed Lates, our free adults-only evening, on Wednesday 31 May 2017 (and on the last Wednesday of each month until August) for a chance to see Robots after-hours at a discount price.
Exhibition tickets are available with or without an optional 10% donation to the Museum: Adults £7.50 / £6.75; concessions £6.50 / £5.85; seniors £7.00 / £6.30.
Curator Ben Russell shares seven must see robots from the exhibition:
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:
Robots: 500 years in the making
How long ago do you think the first robot was made? 20 years ago? 50? 100? In actual fact the history of robots stretches back at least 500 years.
Find out more in this short documentary from Robots curator Ben Russell
From classic sci-fi films to quiz shows
25 February to 4 June
Atmospheric installation from kinetic artist and sculptor, Giles Walker
(Until 17.00 during school holidays)
After emerging from a world of robots, stop off for lunch or a snack at the Robots Café, where you can indulge in a delicious robot themed cake and something from our hot drinks menu.
With additional support from:
Engineering and Physical Science Research Council
Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Switzerland
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
The Mercers' Company
With thanks to supporters of the automaton lathe conservation:
The Charles Hayward Foundation
The Worshipful Company of Turners
The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers
And all generous individual donors