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The Franklin Institute’s signature curatorial artifact, the Maillardet Automaton, is on loan to the Science Museum in London, where it will be a featured artifact in a new exhibition, Robots, which reveals the remarkable 500-year story of humanoid robots. The Automaton will be on display in London from March 24 to September 3, and will then return to The Franklin Institute. While the Automaton is away, a rare showing of the Institute’s Edison phonograph will occupy its place in the “Amazing Machine” exhibit.The Maillardet Automaton was the inspiration for Brian Selznick's book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret", which in turn became the inspiration for the Martin Scorsese film "Hugo". Although he is only wound to write on special occasions, he is on permanent display at the Franklin Institute's exhibit "Amazing Machine".The Franklin Institute is on Logan Square, at the corner of 20th Street and Ben Franklin Parkway. It's open daily from 9:30am to 5:00pm, admission $19.95 for adults, $15.95 for kids 3 to 11 (under 3 are free).