Enjoy science-themed hands-on activities, demonstrations and specialist talks. Everyone is welcome at these events for all ages.

Saturday 19 January: Aye, Robots

In January we welcome the Science Museum’s blockbuster Robots exhibition to the National Museum of Scotland. From early mechanised human forms to today’s cutting-edge technology, this major exhibition reveals our 500-year quest to make machines human.

This Science Saturday will be all about robots, coding, and artificial intelligence and there will be plenty of opportunities to get hands-on with some modern robots of all shapes and sizes! We will be joined by teams from world-class robotics organisations from Edinburgh and across Scotland.

Robot Arena

Time: 12:00 - 16:00

Booking: Drop-in

Age: Suitable for all ages

Location: Grand Gallery

Come and have a go at programming a Marty robot, guide our codapillars through a maze (great for under 5s) and get a temporary tattoo in our robot market place! With wired-controlled robot arms, Spheros and the chance to meet some researchers working on cutting edge robotics at the University of Edinburgh and Herriot-Watt University, it will be a fun afternoon for robots and humans alike!

Parade of the Robots

Time: 14:15

Booking: Drop-in

Age: Three age categories (under 7s, 7-12, 12+)

Location: Sign up for each category in the Grand Gallery on the day

Dress to impress as your favourite home-made robot for a chance to win a prize in our robot parade! Bring along your homemade costumes, and register in the Grand Gallery sign-up sheet on the day in one of our three age categories to take part in the parade at 14:15. Competitors from each category (plus adult companions for our younger robots) should meet a Museum Robot Helper at the entrance to the Natural World galleries at 14:05 ready to strut their stuff on our robot walkway at 14:15.

Exploring Automata - SOLD OUT

Time: 13:30 - 14:05 and 15:00 - 15:35

Booking: Booking required, limited spaces (all attendees require a ticket, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult)

Age: Suitable for adults and families with children aged 5+

Location: Seminar Room, Level 4 Learning Centre

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! 

*Please note: Exploring Automata is now sold out. If you have booked a ticket but can no longer attend, please contact us (0300 123 6789) as soon as possible to ensure any unwanted tickets can be released. 

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Header: Humanoid robot ‘Cygan’, built by Dr Piero Fiorito, Turin, Italy, 1957 © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum.

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From early mechanised human forms to today’s cutting-edge technology, this major exhibition reveals our 500-year quest to make machines human.

Science and Technology galleries

Communications, transport, industry, engineering, energy and medicine: how have scientific and technological inventions changed our lives? Explore the history of innovation in Scotland and across the world through interactive games and thought-provoking displays.

Robots events

From fantasy films to technology talks, discover a packed programme of events for our Robots exhibition.
Event information


19 Jan 2019


National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

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Booking information

Booking required for Exploring Automata only. Call 0300 123 6789 or visit us in person to book your place.

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