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London's Tate Britain Offers After-Hours Tours with Robots

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Thousands of art lovers visit London’s Tate Britain every day to see treasures by notables such as William Blake, John Constable, and David Hockney. This week, they can visit the museum at night as well, thanks to the new website After Dark.

Launched Wednesday at 10 p.m. UK-time, After Dark lets users explore Tate Britain’s galleries after-hours using four robots. Online viewers can queue up for a chance to steer one of the robotic guides for several minutes, wheeling it through the halls and getting rare glimpses of British masterpieces without crowds and without lights. Specifically designed to navigate the Tate’s galleries, the robots automatically stop once they get too close to a work of art.  And while only a limited number of individuals will be able to steer the machines, anyone who tunes in to the website will be able to watch the live stream.

After Dark will last for five hours every night (London time) until Sunday. For more information, including specific hours, visit the website.

Peter Schlesinger is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure and a member of the Trip Doctor news team. You can find him on Twitter at @pschles08.

Photo courtesy of Alexey Moskvin © 2014

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