Crates scattered across the exhibit halls at the Putnam Museum in Davenport on Tuesday included the labels "ROBBY," "C3PO" and "GORT."
Life-size re-creations of the famous movie robots — from the films "Forbidden Planet," "Star Wars" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still," respectively — are among the attractions for "Alien Worlds and Androids," a new exhibit that opens to the public Jan. 31 at the Putnam.
Along with representatives from the movies "Alien," "Iron Man" and "Terminator," the exhibit includes segments on real-life robots, technology, robotic suits and exoskeletons.
"It's a good mix of interactivity and pop culture," Putnam exhibit manager Shaun Graves said Tuesday. "We're trying to get science and pop culture together."
He and Nichole Myles, the Putnam vice president for education, decided the exhibit would be a good fit for the Putnam, complementing the museum's nine-month-old Science Center.
Graves said the science fact is just as intriguing as the science fiction in the exhibit, which was created with the help of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
A telepresence robot that will roam the museum's grand lobby will be controlled by visitors in the exhibit space on the second floor.
"You'll be able to see people down there and they'll be able to see you up here," Graves said.
There also will be a demonstration of autonomous robots, which, he said, resemble two large marshmallows and are designed to react to touch and sound.
"A lot of people use them for autism therapy because they're nonthreatening and it gets people to interact," he added.
Because the space needed for the exhibit is less than what the halls at the Putnam can hold, the museum will be adding related activities, including a robotic drum kit that originally was built as part of the Science Center.
"It's our opportunity to add our own little unique touch to it," Graves said.
There also will be an interactive space for visitors to simulate driving the planet Mars rover Curiosity.
Along with the "Alien Worlds and Androids" exhibit will be the world premiere of "Journey to Space 3D" on the Putnam's National Geographic Giant Screen Theatre.
"It's perfect because the last third or so of the movie is all CGI (computer-generated imagery) about the colonization of Mars," said Anna Renkosiak, the vice president of marketing at the Putnam.
"You can drive it yourself here and then see it on the National Geographic Giant Screen," she added.