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 six 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
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, 10 a.m.–11 a.m.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 2:30–3:30 p.m. (Hirshhorn schedule)
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Thursdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. and 2–3 p.m
National Museum of African Art
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., Wednesdays, 2–4 p.m., Thursdays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., Saturdays, 10–11 a.m.
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Tuesdays and Fridays, 3–4 p.m.