The Robot Zoo

The Robot Zoo Traveling Exhibit Reveals Biomechanics of Robot Animals

ASHLAND, NE (Dec 18, 2018) – Visitors can explore how animals work during The Robot Zoo exhibit at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum from January 19, 2019 through May 10, 2019. The Robot Zoo is a 2,500-square-foot exhibit that reveals the magic of nature as a master engineer.

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

The Robot Zoo exhibition features robotic animals and seven hands-on activities that illustrate fascinating real-life characteristics, such as how a chameleon changes colors and how a fly walks on the ceiling. The larger-than-life-size animated robots utilize machinery that simulates the animal’s body parts of their real-life counterparts. In the robotic animals, muscles become pistons, intestines become filtering pipes and brains become computers. Sensory activities include “Swat the Fly”, a test of the visitor’s reaction time, and “Sticky Feet”, where visitors using special hand pads can try to stick like flies to a sloped surface. Triggering the “Tongue Gun” demonstrates how a real chameleon shoots out its long, sticky-tipped tongue to reel in a meal.

The opening event held Saturday, January 19 from 10 am – 2 pm will include live animals brought in by Wildlife Encounters. Wildlife Encounter’s award winning educational programs are based on connecting students with wildlife conservation and environmental education. Wildlife Encounters will host an educational booth with animals present, from 10 am – 1 pm. They will culminate the opening event with an interactive educational show at 1 pm that features audience and animal participation.

The exhibit and the opening day event, are included with paid admission and free for members.

Adults $12 | Military & Seniors $11 | Children 4-12 $6 | Children 3 and under are FREE. For more information, please visit