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Sloan Museum Robot Zoo Exhibit

Sloan Museum Robot Zoo Exhibit at Courtland Center Mall review, pics, hours, and info. The Sloan Museum in Flint is hosting the Robot Zoo exhibit starting May, 2019 and runs through September 8, 2019. The Robot Zoo is located at the new and temporary location at Courtland Center Mall in Burton during Sloan Museum’s renovation. Sloan Museum’s new 10,000 square-foot exhibition space inside Courtland Center Mall is the temporary home of over 30 historic vehicles from Sloan Museum’s automotive collection, as well as hands-on traveling exhibits. The Sloan Museum location at Courtland Center still has a gift shop, rental space for community events, and even Wisner’s Whizbang Emporium, an interactive play area for families.

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Sloan Museum Robot Zoo Review

Sloan’s Robot Zoo exhibit is a 5,000 square foot exhibit that uses biomechanics of complex animal robots to demonstrate how real animals work. In the robot animals, machinery is used to simulate the body parts, e.g. filtering pipes represent the intestines and computers replace the brains. Immersive displays of eight robot animals and more than a dozen hands-on activities illustrate fascinating real-life characteristics, such as how a chameleon changes colors, how a giant squid propels itself, and how a fly walks on the ceiling. The Robot Zoo exhibit is great for ages 4-Adult.

The larger-than-life-size animated robots include a chameleon, a rhinoceros, a giant squid with 18-foot tentacles, and a platypus. Also featured are a house fly with a 10-foot wingspread, a grasshopper, a bat, and a giraffe. Animation in the robots imitates real-life behaviors. The robot chameleon rocks back and forth as it turns its head, looks around and fires its tongue at its insect prey. The front legs of the platypus swim in breaststroke style while the tail moves up and down. The tentacles of the giant squid grip a struggling fish, while the squid’s beak-like mouth opens to reveal a spinning food grinder.

Robot Zoo Video

Visitors can enjoy the Robot Zoo hands-on activities which include “Swat the Fly,” a test of the visitor’s reaction time (one-twelfth as fast as a house fly’s), and “Sticky Feet,” where visitors can see what it’s like to be a fly on the wall. Triggering the “Tongue Gun” demonstrates how a real chameleon shoots out its long, sticky-tipped tongue to capture a meal.


In addition to the exhibit, families can visit the play area and the gift shop, and view the historic vehicles during their visit.

The Sloan Robot Zoo exhibit offers Birthday Parties. Members save 20%. There are three different Robot Zoo birthday party packages

Sweet and Simple package, $100 and up
Full Birthday package, $300 and up
Deluxe package, $450

For more information, email or call 810-237-3427.

Tickets to see the Robot Zoo exhibit are – Non-resident tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 60+, and $6 for kids ages 2-11. Tickets are available at the door. Members may call 810-237-3450 to purchase tickets in advance. Admission is free for Genesee County residents and members.

Sloan Museum Robot Zoo Hours
Open at Courtland Center from May 11 through September 8, 2019
Monday – Friday – 10a-5p
Saturday and Sunday – Noon-5p

Sloan Museum Robot Zoo Location
Courtland Center
4190 E Court St
Burton, MI 48509

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