The Robot Zoo debuts at the Reading Public Museum May 27

Discover the fascinating world of nature at The Reading Public Museum’s newest exhibition, The Robot Zoo, featuring eight robotic animals and over a dozen interactive activities. On display from May 27 to September 4, 2023, visitors will witness the amazing abilities of animals, such as the chameleon’s color-changing powers, the squid’s propulsion mechanisms, and the fly’s ability to walk on ceilings.

Larger-than-life-size animated robots showcase a range of creatures, including a chameleon, rhinoceros, giant squid, platypus, house-fly, grasshopper, bat, and giraffe. The giraffe’s head and neck alone stretch 9 feet tall, while the giant squid boasts 18-foot tentacles, and the house-fly flaunts a 10-foot wingspread.

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The exhibition features impressive machinery incorporated into each animals’ body, contributing to the lifelike movements of the animatronic creatures. With the help of state-of-the-art technology, The Robot Zoo makes the case for nature as a master engineer, revealing the wonders of animal behavior and adaptability. Get ready for an educational and awe-inspiring experience that will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the intricacies of the natural world.

A member-exclusive preview of the exhibition will be held on Saturday, May 27, from 9 to 11 a.m., including crafts and exhibition-related activities, before the exhibition opens to the general public at 11 a.m. Registration is required to attend the member preview.

The Robot Zoo is based on the book The Robot Zoo which was conceived, edited, and designed by Marshall Editions of London, England, and is circulated by Evergreen Exhibitions.

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The Reading Public Museum is located at 500 Museum Road, Reading, PA. Admission per day is: $10 adults (18-64), $6 children/seniors/college students (w/ID), and free to Members and children three years old and under. The Museum is open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reading School District students are granted free Museum and Planetarium access and may be accompanied by two adults at no cost. Students must show a District ID card, and the adults who accompany them must show proof they reside in zip codes within the District.

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