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The MAD Museum, Stratford-upon-Avon

(4.6/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We have visited with a 7 year old boy and a 12 year old girl. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Adults and kids had a fantastic time. Fascinating things on exhibit and my little boy did not wan...  more »
  • Visited with our 15month old Son and I can honestly say a wonderful time was had by all. Although small, there is so much going on. Our son was mesmerised by the overhead train going around. So much m...  more »
  • We visited on a dreary rainy day which turned into a bright happy day The staff were very nice . Our son said he loved it so much and are daughter who has special needs was bursting with excitement at...  more »
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  • If you have kids 3 to 11 then this is an amazing place to go. Lots of buttons and crazy contraptions to watch. The gadgets sit somewhere between art and engineering. The owner calls it Kinetic Art and it's mesmerising. I felt like a kid again myself. It's a small place but it's all packed in pretty tight. There's a spot to leave pushchairs but it doesn't feel 100% secure. They don't allow pushchairs in the museum for space reasons. Altogether I would highly recommend it. £19 for a family of four is an OK price.
  • A small museum, but absolutely fascinating! Visited with the kids, our 6 and 4 year olds loved it. If your interested in art or mechanics, then it's interactive and lots of fun. Soon to spend about an hour and a half. The staff were very friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic about the museum.
  • A particularly interesting and educational museum for all ages and genders. You can spend special moments and unforgettable here. Of course for those with imagination and mechanical inclinations. Very young and friendly staff. Definitely recommended
  • This place is a load of fun, especially if you are mechanically minded. Lots of great exhibits with interactivity on some. Kids will enjoy it as well as there is lots for them to see and do.
  • Only a small museum but worth spending a fascinating couple of hours in here. Staff were excellent, smiling, helpful, attentive and informative. Very fair price for a family ticket. 3 weeks have passed since our visit and the children are already asking when we can go back!