National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

A Century of Robots: From Čapek to Now

Location: National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
1400 Inspiration Place
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Date: Monday, June 22 2020 to Sunday, October 25 2020

This exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 1920 play, R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots) by Czech writer Karel Čapek.

It was in this play that the word robot was first used to denote an artificial humanoid. In this exhibition, visitors will gain an appreciation for Čapek’s life and work, while learning about the connection between a Czech author and one of the most fascinating technical revolutions of the 20th century. A selection of toy robots and robot-inspired collectibles from television and movies will be featured, as well as historic items on loan from Collins Aerospace, and two interactive art pieces made by Metro STEAM Academy students at Metro High School. A Century of Robots: From Čapek to Now will remain on display in the Smith Gallery through October 25.