32 High Street, Forres, Scotland, IV36 1DB 
Open 5th & 6th January as usual - thursdays & Fridays 10-4, Saturday 10-1
Please Note :  Exhibition/Shop closed - JAN 10th to  MARCH 15th, 2024.

Workshop  only open as usual by appointment.

Email:  - T: 07790 719 097

VISIT 'THE HOUSE OF AUTOMATA' IN FORRES - the thing to do for all the family.


Automata kits, magic, puzzle boxes, musical boxes, animated cards and scientificand technical items in a shop of unusual and exciting presents at all price levels.

The shop also offers a peek into the world famous restoration workshop and a  preview of the exhibition with coin operated
automata to play while you browse including mechanical singing birds, a Victorian diorama and a huge music box. 

  • Rare antique automata, modern automata, and the mechanisms that move them.  
  • Operate antique and modern automata yourself with exciting interactive displays.
  • Search for the 'Dinky Dozen' -  (12 micro-automata hidden very well) .  
  • Impressive antique Automata with QR code films showing the  automata performing. 

Exhibition/Shop closed - JAN 10th to  MARCH 15th, 2024 - Workshop open as usual by appointment.

£7 adults /£5  children

Allow about an hour for your visit - Some steps and uneven surfaces (ramp available).

Group visits: other times, by appointment.

As featured on Atlas Obscura  &  Homo Faber ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


'The Saturday Salon' - Live show of antique automata performing. Recreating the atmosphere of a 19th century Salon of Automata performing for a small audience  including a behind the scenes look at the workshop.

The last Saturday afternoon of every Month at 3pm - beginning March 2024

Tickets £15 /12  Advance booking required or  T: 07790 719 097 


We also offer Private Tours - The Automata Experience

  • An informal  talk with demonstrations of some of the finest automata performing in front of you
  • Behind the scenes tour of the workshop, seeing tools, techniques and the latest restorations on the bench
  • Private tour of the exhibition and collection of automata with demonstrations of your choice of automata

£45 per person (min two people, contact us for larger group rates ).  Duration:  One hour plus

A special private event for you, arranged when The House of Automata is closed to the public.

To book: or call  07790 719 097