The National Museum of Science and Technology will be taken over by more than a hundred humanoid robots in July, but eager robot enthusiasts can already secure their admission tickets now. The legendary Terminator T-800, Maria from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, a mechanised Japanese newsreader, and the social robot Pepper are just some of the stars of London’s Science Museum’s Robots exhibition, which is beginning its world tour in Stockholm.
Today, 14 February, the National Museum of Science and Technology is releasing advance tickets for sale ready for the summer. This gives those who want to be sure to be among the first to mingle with the human-like robots the chance to secure their tickets. These early birds will also get a 15% discount on the admission fee.
The exhibition opens at the National Museum of Science and Technology on 17 July 2019, where it will remain until March 2020. Stockholm is the exhibition’s first international stop on a world tour that will later take it to Asia.
Human-like machines – they are both fascinating and frightening at the same time. Why do we create machines that resemble us humans? The Robots exhibition allows us to interact with some of the latest robots, equipped with artificial intelligence and human-like characteristics. In producing this exhibition, however, the Science Museum also wanted to turn the clock back to encompass early examples of automation from 500 years ago.
“Robots is an exhibition that produces strong emotions. The first exhibit you encounter is a robot that resembles a baby, which arouses feelings of compassion and sympathy, despite its relatively simple mechanisms. Robots that falteringly follow you around, the Kodomoroidnewsreader, and the new generation of industrial robots inspire us to consider a future in which we will live side by side with humanoid robots”, says Lars Paulsson, project manager at the National Museum of Science and Technology.
Several of the robots in the exhibition are interactive, and follow visitors with their gaze, obey their commands, move around, or play the role of newsreaders, announcing the latest robot news. We also meet robotic film icons, such as the classic T-800 from Terminator (1991) and Maria from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927), as well as encountering mechanised creations that can be regarded as being human-like robots from the 16th century.
Robots proved to be very popular when it was exhibited in the UK. The unique collection of robots encompassing popular culture, early industrial history and the future will fascinate not only those who are interested in technology but also those who are intrigued by the idea of humans living together alongside human-like robots.
Tickets can be purchased from 14 February at Ticketmaster.
Robots in brief:
- Created by the Science Museum in London
- Shown at the National Museum of Science and Technology between 17 July 2019 and 15 March 2020
- A unique selection of the most innovative robots throughout history
- Features historic milestones from the 16th century to the present day, incorporating robots from popular culture, the latest research projects and dreams for the future
- Multiple interactive opportunities and moving robots
- Raises questions of hope and concerns about living and working together with robots
About the Science Museum
With a globally unique collection of historical scientific, technical and medical achievements, the Science Museum in London celebrates mankind’s ingenuity. With more than 3 million visitors every year, the Science Museum aims to inspire and to show how science and technology shape our lives by means of iconic exhibits, award-winning exhibitions and the telling of amazing stories. More information is available at sciencemuseum.org.uk.