All Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are closed due to the federal government shutdown.
The Smithsonian welcomes Pepper, a 4-foot-tall, interactive humanoid robot from Softbank Robotics. The Smithsonian is the first museum, research, and education complex in the world to experiment with this new and innovative technology.
Currently, Pepper can answer frequently asked questions, tell stories, and collect limited information, as well as dance, play games, and pose for selfies. Pepper uses voice and gestures to create playful and memorable interactions and can also display images, text, and video on a tablet mounted to the robot’s chest. All exchanges are pre-scripted—the robots do not yet have natural conversation abilities.
Pepper gives our museum staff a new option to reach and engage visitors and supports the important work of Smithsonian’s many educators and visitor services professionals.
You can find Pepper at four locations. The project is expected to expand to additional Smithsonian museums, research centers, and educational spaces this summer.
Please say hello to Pepper and feel free to share your experience on social media using #SmithsonianPepper.
Here’s where and when you can expect to find Pepper
Times subject to change
Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Monday thru Thursday, 2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Monday thru Sunday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Thursday 11 a.m.–12 p.m. and 2–3 p.m