Now, if like me you grew up watching Terminator and Blade Runner then you will probably think that our generation invented all things robot…wrong! The first recorded example of a robot dates back to 1570! Check out little guy on loan from the Smithsonian.



And I found all this out (and more besides) when I visited the ScienceMuseum Robots Exhibition, which is open now until 3rd September. With the summer holidays looming and you are looking for an amazing activity to do with the kids over those long 6 weeks, you need look no further than this exhibition.

It tells the story of 500 years of mechanical humans, set in 5 different times and places (marvel, obey, dream, build & imagine), the exhibition traces the very human obsession of recreating human machines. There is literally something for everyone and my kids are still raving about Pepper, the interactive robot who chats away to you.


These are the “social robots” and there are the “care robots” a possible alternative to nursing staff when caring for an elderly relative and in an age where for the first time in history we have more over 65s than under 21s this is a growth industry.

Oh and don’t be freaked out by the very lifelike baby…


The exhibition is open until  3 September 2017, ScienceMuseum, London Admission: £15 adults, £13 concessions (Free entry for ages 11 and under; family discounts available) Further information and tickets via sciencemuseum Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund

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