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The Robot Zoo

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How do chameleons change colour? What makes grasshoppers leap so high? How do bats see at night? Enter the fascinating world of the Robot Zoo and discover the mechanisms that give animals their amazing abilities.

This family-friendly exhibition features larger-than-life animals that have been innovatively recreated using a variety of familiar machine parts and gadgets to reveal how their real life counterparts see, eat, hunt and hide. Interactive exhibits also give you the chance to try jet-propelled squid racing, shoot a chameleon’s ‘tongue-gun’ and even design your own ‘mutant’ robot creature.

The Robot Zoo returns to the Horniman for the first time since its highly successful UK debut in 2009.

Tickets and information

The Robot Zoo will open at the Horniman Museum and Gardens from Saturday 11 February to Sunday 29 October 2017. Buy your tickets online.

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Tickets are valid all day for the day of purchase for single entry only. Visit the Robot Zoo any time during Museum opening hours.


Ticket Type


Family (2 adults, 2 children)

£    17.00

Family ticket with Gift Aid

£    18.70


£     7.00

Adult with Gift Aid

£     7.70


£     4.00

Child with Gift Aid

£     4.40

Under 3s may visit free of charge. 

Child tickets are ages 3 - 16. 

You can also go free with an Art Pass.

You can also book a combined ticket which will gain entry to the Aquarium, the Butterfly House and the Robot Zoo. You will need to book these tickets through the Butterfly House page, as this requires a timed ticket for entry: book your combined tickets.

From the Curator

Animals are amazing, and these robots really show us how. The everyday parts used – tubes, hinges and even a fly-swatter – form innovative representations of the amazing tools and abilities that have evolved in nature to allow animals to survive in a wide variety of environments and habitats. From a housefly’s lightning reactions to a bat’s ability to locate prey in the dark, this exhibition demonstrates just how extraordinary the animals that share our world really are.

Dr Emma-Louise Nicholls, Deputy Keeper of Natural History

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