Join curator Tacye Phillipson and the House of Automata to learn about the weird and wonderful mechanical and artistic forerunner to robots, automata.

Enjoy a close-up view of the inner workings of some very special machines and get inspired to make some of your very own!

Suitable for adults and families with children aged 5+

Part of Science Saturday

  • REEM service robot, built by PAL Robotics, Spain, 2016 © PAL Robotics.

    REEM service robot, built by PAL Robotics, Spain, 2016 © PAL Robotics.
  • Replica of Maria, designed by Walter Schulze-Mittendorff for Fritz Lang’s film Metropolis, 1927. WSM Art – Walter Schulze-Mittendorff © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum.

    Replica of Maria, designed by Walter Schulze-Mittendorff for Fritz Lang’s film Metropolis, 1927. WSM Art – Walter Schulze-Mittendorff © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum.
  • Collaborative robot Baxter, built by ReThink Robots, USA, 2015 © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum.

    Collaborative robot Baxter, built by ReThink Robots, USA, 2015 © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum.
  • Humanoid robot ‘Cygan’, built by Dr Piero Fiorito, Turin, Italy, 1957 © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum.

    Humanoid robot ‘Cygan’, built by Dr Piero Fiorito, Turin, Italy, 1957 © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum.
  • Manikin used to illustrate the articulation of the human body, 1582–1600 © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum.

    Manikin used to illustrate the articulation of the human body, 1582–1600 © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum.
  • Crowd-sourced recreation of renowned British robot Eric, originally built by Captain William H. Richards, 1928 © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum.

    Crowd-sourced recreation of renowned British robot Eric, originally built by Captain William H. Richards, 1928 © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum.
  • Robot receptionist Inkha, built by Matthew Walker and Peter S Longyear, 2002 © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum.

    Robot receptionist Inkha, built by Matthew Walker and Peter S Longyear, 2002 © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum.
  • T-800 endoskeleton from the Terminator film series © Solent News/REX/Shutterstock

    T-800 endoskeleton from the Terminator film series © Solent News/REX/Shutterstock
  • Kodomoroid communication android, Japan, 2014. Image: Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories, ATR, Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum.

    Kodomoroid communication android, Japan, 2014. Image: Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories, ATR, Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum.

Header: Cybraphon, the moody autonomous robot band in a box created by Edinburgh-based artist collective FOUND.

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When

19 Jan 2019
3:30 – 14:05 and 15:00 – 15:35

Where

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

How much

Free

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