Robots of Gloucester have one last hurrah by Shaun Moore | Gloucester News Centre - http://gloucesternewscentre.co.uk/
This weekend is the last chance to enjoy the ‘Robot’ exhibition which has left children and adults alike mesmerised by the likes of Iron Man, R2D2 and the life size bust of C3P0 from Star Wars.
The exhibit, which has been on display at the Museum of Gloucester since 16th July, has seen such huge numbers of people flocking to get a glimpse of the robots that the museum has had to extend the exhibition by another day.
The museum had anticipated around 6,000 visitors would be visiting to the see the famous robots, androids, and cyborgs from TV and film productions. Instead, with over 37,000 people coming to visit within the first five weeks of the exhibition, the Museum of Gloucester is really pleased to know that so many people have come along to enjoy and see the robots on display.
The ‘Robot’ exhibition closes this weekend but the museum has planned extra opening hours to cope with the demand. On Friday 26th August, the museum will be open until 8pm, and an extra day has been put on for Sunday 28th August between 11am – 4pm.
Entry to the ‘Robot’ exhibition is included in the normal price of admission, which is £5 for adults, £3 concessions, £12 for a ‘family’ ticket (up to two adults and five children), while under fives go free.
Gloucester City Council’s museum service has been working with the county council’s library service this summer to offer young people a chance to see the exhibit for free. Any young person who took part in the Summer Reading Challenge received a free gold ticket which allows them to go to the exhibit for free.
Cllr Lise Noakes, cabinet member for culture and leisure at Gloucester City Council, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that the Robot exhibition has been so successful, we have never known the museums to be so busy. I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to come and visit the fantastic exhibit and remind anyone who hasn’t seen it and wants to, get in quickly!
“I would also like to thank our sponsors Cass Stephens and Punchline Magazine for all their support during the exhibition. I think it has been a huge success.”
Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for libraries at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is a fantastic way for young people to continue improving their reading skills and enjoy a range of activities based around a chosen theme, which this year celebrated Roald Dahl.
“Working closely with the Museum of Gloucester has been a great way to provide free access to the museum and give young people a further incentive to take part in the challenge and I hope that young people had a brilliant time looking at all the incredible robots.”
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