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Life Science Centre will be closed on Friday 27 April as we set up for Maker Faire UK. Times Square Café will be open as usual.

While the Science Centre is home to Maker Faire UK on 28 - 29 April, our usual programme of exhibitions and shows will not be available.

The Young Explorers' Zone will be closed all day on Friday 4 May. Sorry for any disappointment caused.

Please note that some areas may be closed from 16 April - 25 May as we get ready for the next big exhibition, Robots - then and now (opens 26 May). 

A couple of our lifts are our of order, we’re working to fix them as soon as possible. Please ask a member of staff if you need assistance.

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Memberships are not available online. Purchase these at Science Centre reception.

Science Centre day ticket prices valid until 25 May 2018:

TYPE

Family (2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children)

Adult (aged 18+)

Child (aged 5 - 17)

Child (aged 4 and under)

Concession (OAP, student or unwaged)

DAY

£24

£8

£6

Free

£7

ANNUAL

£94

£39

£21

Free

£32

Robots – then and now

Exhibitions

Key info...

26 May 2018 - 2 December 2018
Included in your admission ticket

Location: Life Science Centre
Set aside: about an hour
Who is it perfect for: all ages 
26 May 2018 - 2 December 2018
Included in your admission ticket
Location: Life Science Centre
Set aside: about an hour
Who is it perfect for: all ages  
Event details

Robots – then and now is a new exhibition booting up at Life Science Centre. This family-friendly exhibition, created by the Science Museum in London, celebrates the 500-year work-in-progress story of building automated machines.


Start your journey with the humble beginnings of 16th century mechanical automatons before marching forward through the rich history of robotics to the latest humanoids. 

The exhibits – both old and new – will provoke much discussion and make you question your human emotional responses to inanimate machines. Are you comfortable with the idea of the human body as a conscious machine, with inner-workings similar to a complex mechanical clock? Are humanoids incredible feats of robotics that have a place in society, or just plain creepy?

Visitors can also explore robots in popular culture, with a display of vintage posters and a static collection of famous robots, including Eric, a modern recreation of the UK’s first robot, and a T800 Terminator used in the film Terminator Salvation.

Only a few of the exhibits are interactive – Pepper the Robot loves to fist bump with visitors! – but they all add to the rich history of robotics and will bring new ‘life’ to a wide variety of subjects, including human biology, psychology and ethics.
 

Join us for two special robot-themed panel discussions.

Love Virtually – rise of the sex robots

14 June 2018, 6.30pm - 7.45pm

Sex robots, pornography channels offering 3D content and online role-playing – harmless fun? Or a sinister side to the rise in AI? We'll be covering all the bases during this lively debate.
Find out more and buy tickets >

Robots: hopes and fears

1 November 2018, 6.30pm - 7.45pm

Will robots ultimately change our lives for better or for worse? Join us for a lively discussion on the subject with our panel of experts.
Find out more and buy tickets >

Please note, both evening events are suitable for ages 16+.

All images: Image copyright The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Maria image credit: WSM Art – Walter Schulze-Mittendorff 

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