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The Robot Zoo Debuts at Reading Public Museum

by Reading Public Museum

May 18, 2023

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. 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. Register or become a Museum member by visiting our website today!

The Robot Zoo is brought to The Reading Public Museum with generous support by Penn State Health, Highmark, and East Penn Manufacturing.  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.

The Reading Public Museum is supported in part by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and 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.  Visit Online:

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