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.Arrange your visit to The MAD Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Stratford-upon-Avon using our Stratford-upon-Avon trip planner .
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!
The MAD Museum Reviews
Superb. If you're at all Heath Robinsonish, it's a wonderful place, with some amazing automata, all the family loved it, and we spent almost two hours setting off all the gizmos. more »
Loved this place, loved all the mechanics. There is a flight of stairs to go to get to it, would be a issue for mobility problems. Toilets were available there. more »
Brilliant little museum with some fascinating exhibits. Not just for kids but for big kids as well! Staff are friendly and knowledgeable and the attached shop has some interesting stock that is not over priced. A lovely way to while away a couple of hours.
An interactive and fun experience that can be enjoyed by all ages. Expect to spend about an hour or two (depending on how much time you spend building marble runs!) exploring the this marvelous world of mechanical wonderment.
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