Museum of Science and Industry

Robot Revolution

A new exhibition premiering at MSI in Spring 2015.


They’re coming … and they’ll be here to help and improve our lives. The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), is excited to announce the creation of a new national touring exhibit, Robot Revolution, supported by Google.

The two-gallery, 14,000-square-foot exhibit, set to premiere in spring 2015, will explore how robots, created by human ingenuity, will ultimately be our companions and colleagues, changing how we play, live and work together. The exhibit will allow guests to step into a visionary world where robots are not just a curiosity, but a vital asset. Guests will have extraordinary opportunities to interact with robots that have rarely been shown to the public before, and also see live demonstrations of some of the most cutting-edge technology on the Robo Stage!

The exhibit will feature six areas that delve into various aspects of robotics and offer specific hands-on activities for guests:

  • Cooperation: Discover how robots can work with humans effectively to assist us and enhance our lives.
  • Smarts: Identify how these machines are able to sense, plan and then act, while comparing and contrasting the ways in which humans and robots learn.
  • Skills: Learn about the skills robots possess that mimic—and often surpass—human capabilities. Put your abilities to the test against robot counterparts.
  • Locomotion: Explore the varieties of ways that robots can move and how they can offer humans access to places we can’t venture ourselves.
  • Build-a-Bot: Assemble and tinker with robots and see what you can get them to do!
  • Robo Stage: This exciting space, the centerpiece of the exhibit, will offer a continuous schedule of events and demonstrations the showcase some of the most advanced robots from around the world, like the Robotic Chair, RHex, and DARwin.

Robot Revolution
will come to life with more than 25 robots that have been secured from some of the most innovative global robotics companies. Guests will be awed by the amazing breakthroughs and capabilities of these machines. Activities in each of the content areas will allow guests to:

  • Teach a robotic arm new movements to learn more about programming
  • Witness the Robotic Chair, which can disassemble and reassemble itself—or see a robot exoskeleton that helps people increase their physical abilities
  • Put your abilities to the test against robot counterparts: Try to “beat” a robot’s reflexes or experiment with various robot grippers
  • Meet Baxter, a versatile robot that is perfect for working in industry alongside people
    Offer instructions to a “swarm” of robots that can communicate with each other
  • Get charmed by PARO, the furry baby seal robot, which is used as a therapy tool for both the elderly and autistic children
  • Move the TOPY Crawler up and down stairs. This robot is able to venture into burning buildings, and other places too dangerous for people to enter

Robot Revolution will premiere at MSI in Spring 2015.

Museum Hours
  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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