The MAD Museum, Stratford-upon-Avon

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Marble machines, giant clapping hands, water clocks, laser lights and 3D faces - Interact with a whole host of weird and wonderful contraptions at the only museum of its kind in the UK – The MAD Museum.

Located in the centre of Stratford upon Avon, The MAD (Mechanical Art and Design) Museum’s mesmerising array of Kinetic Art and Automata has been handcrafted by some of the cleverest and craziest inventors in the world.

There are buttons to press, handles to turn, lights, colours, weird sounds and laugh-out-loud moments for the younger generations to enjoy. There is also ingeniously exquisite pieces of imaginative art for adults of all ages.

This small but perfectly formed family attraction holds around 65 quirky machines, all of which display fascinating engineering, scientific and artistic elements. The MAD Museum is a fantastic playground for adults and a perfect hideout for inquisitive kids – well worth a visit!
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  • August 21, 2017
    We loved this place. It is sheer pleasure, for anyone age 3 to 93. If you love quirky machines, this is for you. (See YouTube videos for a taste of what you'll see.) We found it busy in midweek August...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    Its places like this that make me angry at TA for not having a `Good` option as Very Good is being overly generous. Its a good place to visit when you only wish to kill an hour and are prepared to pay...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    We visited the museum using tesco clubcard vouchers as part payment. The museum was smaller than expected but interesting non the less. There wasn't quite as much to do here as I expected so I think i...  more »
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  • This place is fantastic. Lovely staff, great fun exhibits. Free entry for kids with blue Peter badge. If u like quirky you'll love this place!
  • So much fun! We came away wanting to make our own, so we bought some of the kits and can't wait to try. So much to see in a small place - each piece is worth a good ten minutes of study, seeing how it varies, what happens in synchronisation and what alternates. Fascinating.
  • Fantastic for all the family. Especially as you can go in and out throughout the day. My 4 year old loved it, and so did I
  • Inventive , Imaginative & Wacky ! What a great place to spend an hour or two , worth £8 & if you've got kids they'll love it too.
  • A brilliant way to spend half a day. The small space has masses to see and do, including some captivating hands on stuff. Well worth it!

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