32 High Street, Forres, Scotland, IV36 1DB 
Open thursdays & Fridays 10-4, Saturday 10-1

Email:  - T: 07790 719 097

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

Please Note: WINTER BREAK  - Exhibition/Shop closed - JAN 10th to  MARCH 15th, 2024.


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. 

Open: Thurday, Friday (10-4pm ) and Saturday morning (10-1pm).

£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



'BOUTIQUE FANTASTIQUE' Two special Christmas Shows for December on Thursday 21st  at 7pm  &  Thursday 28th at 3pm-  A series of special live events for a small audience.  Tickets £15 /12, advance booking required. Sorry both events now SOLD OUT - 'The Exhibition' is still open as normal for visitors, see above.


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