A Convention for Automata Enthusiasts

Check out our updated Attendee Gallery!  9/29/2015

Everyone who purchases tickets is eligible to be listed in our Attendee Gallery. We've also added a page of Frequently Asked Questions.


Mekanikos Vs. The Minotaur by Dug North, 2012

Draft Schedule is Up!  3/04/2016

The draft programming schedule is up on the Schedule page. All scheduled events are subject to change. Check back for more details soon.


Premier showing of historic "Le Monde des Automates"  10/12/2015

We are pleased to announce that AutomataCon will host the premier showing of the extremely rare 1928 film, “Le Monde des Automates [the World of Automata],” in the museum’s Bickford Theatre, courtesy of Jere and Steve Ryder of AutaMusique, Ltd. This silent film was meant to accompany Alfred Chapuis’ & Eduard Gélis’ foundational 2 volume book by same name, and which has been effectively ‘lost’ from public view for 70+ years. Originally created as a typical period silent film using hand-driven cameras, an accompanying sound track was added shortly thereafter, making this one of the first Swiss-made sound films. About 25-30 minutes in length, it documents some extremely rare and unique automata and mechanical music, at a very early time. A fabulous historical document.


latest news

Convention Extended to Sunday!  12/5/2015

Due to the overwhelming response from attendees across the United States and the world, we have decided to extend the convention with programming on Sunday, March 20th at no additional charge! Those who purchased Friday/Saturday tickets will now have Friday-Saturday-Sunday tickets, and those who purchased Saturday-only tickets will now have Saturday-Sunday tickets. Programming on Sunday will be less formal, running from 10 AM - 2 PM. Demonstrations in the Guinness Collection will also be given at 2 PM on Sunday. We hope you are excited as we are about this news, and that it does not inconvenience your travel plans. Attendance on Sunday is purely optional, but we expect you'll want to attend if you can.

Applications for Vending or Exhibiting are now available  1/24/2016

Applications for Vending or Exhibiting at the convention have been sent to people who indicated that they were interested in that on their ticket form. If you did not receive an application and would like one, please get in touch at Applications are due by January 29th!

Pierrot Écrivain (Pierrot Writing), G. Vichy, Paris, France, c.1895, Photo credit: SFO Museum

Dresseur D'Oiseau by G. Vichy, c.1890 

Photo credit: Ed Watkins

AutomataCon is a new convention for automaton makers, collectors, and enthusiasts.

The goal of the convention is to gather people from around the world to share ideas, build relationships, and grow interest in automata.

New Overflow Hotel Available!  2/20/2016

The room block at the convention hotel is sold out, so we have secured another room block at the Westin Governor Morris hotel in Morristown. The discounted rate is  $119/night for a Traditional King or Double. You can book at thisweb site or by calling  973-867-3369 and say you are with the Automatacon Convention Room Block.Book by March 4th to get the discounted rate.


March 18-20, 2016           Morris Museum       Morristown, New Jersey