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The MAD Museum

4-5 Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6PT, England
+44 1789 269356
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Fun interactive morning/afternoon

Situated above the shops on the same street as Shakespeare museum you can miss it if you blink. MAD... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Gar-Chun L

Only had a short time to look around before closing but loved it! So many amazing contraptions. I... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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Stratford upon Avon is most famous for being the birthplace of poet and play writer William Shakespeare, but why not try something completely outside of the box and visit the towns newest most exciting attraction- The MAD (Mechanical Art & Design) Museum.As soon as you step into this quirky attraction you'll be greeted with whirling robotics, churning clogs, rolling ball circuits, ingenious design and crazy sounds! The MAD Museum does what it says on the tin, showcasing an absolutely MAD assortment of Kinetic Art, Automata and Steampunk contraptions, gadgets and gismos. Venture into an eccentric world of moving art; The MAD Museum is a wonderful place to watch and interact with an astonishing assortment of both modern and old fashioned, yet highly innovative and elaborate machines! For the young ones: Dancing lasers, rolling ball machines, roaring mechanical dinosaur heads and whirligigs all with lots of buttons to press! The MAD Museum offers an exciting visit with an educational bias, relevant to curriculum modules such as Design & Technology and Science. We give children an experience that is worthwhile, educationally beneficial and also a lot of fun!
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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“marble runs” (73 reviews)
“all ages” (124 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
4-5 Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6PT, England
+44 1789 269356
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Situated above the shops on the same street as Shakespeare museum you can miss it if you blink. MAD stands for Mechanical Art & Design one of the displays is woven into the stairwell leading to the main floor (lift is available). Pictures and videos...More

Thank Gar-Chun L
Reviewed 5 days ago

Only had a short time to look around before closing but loved it! So many amazing contraptions. I will be going back next time i make it to Statford so that i can play with the ineractive features i did't have time to try out.

Thank travellingfan46
Reviewed 1 week ago

BRILLIANT - with or without kids! We thought this museum was going to be more for children than adults but we had a great time. It's a small area, but there is so much fun packed in there! Lots of working mechanical art. So many...More

Thank Jojos417
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had huge fun in this museum. It's compelling fun and you don't need a child as an excuse to go in.

Thank madelainekirke
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great place to visit, so much to see and fantastic interaction with the exhibits, the time we spent here flew by which is always an indication you are enjoying yourself, highly recommended especially for children of all ages, even oap's like us.

Thank Voghos
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely loved this little museum. It is true that it is very small (basically one room) but it is as perfect as it is tiny. My children adored it, they had so much fun. We spent several hours there and if it wasn't for needing...More

Thank Laura_Manchester
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A facinating display of mechanical art which captures the engineering and creative intrigue within us all. It does not matter how young we are or feel, there is something for us all. (Young teenagers may find the museum inspirational).

2  Thank Alan_F3063IX
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just happened to walk past and decided to visit. This is an interesting place with plenty for kids and big kids to play with. I would say the entry charge for me is a little high at over £8 an adult feel closer to £7...More

Thank Clery2012
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took a chance going in here - spent 2 hours watching and playing... got swept out ( very nicely- they close at 5pm) before seeing everything🙁...but went back the next day for another hour and half. Brilliant if you like kinetics, automatons and marble runs...More

1  Thank Sharon B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited with my family today and was actually slightly dissapointed. We bought the family ticket at £22 which was a good price however the building is I would say quite small. A few things didn't work well. Although my son (5years old) enjoyed the...More

Thank mistresskaz
Katie W, Public Relations Manager at The MAD Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your feedback misteresskaz. We've never stated we are a large museum, but the fact you thought we charge a good price construes that it's fair for what you get. I've doubled checked with our Front of House Manager and he's confirmed every exhibit...More

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Would this museum be interesting for my 4 year old boy or should I wait until he's older?
26 May 2017|
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Response from ktq88 | Reviewed this property |
I think he would get some pleasure out of it , but it's more suited to slightly older children. He might be frustrated by not everything being hands on. Depends on what he enjoys I think. It's a great place though
Would this be a great day out for a young couple without children? How long does it normally take to walk round?
6 May 2017|
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Response from DonDons369 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Even as a family with a 9yr old child, it only took us an hour. Worth getting the joint ticket with the Guildhall and Shakespeare's School rooms if you are interested in a bit of history of the place and Shakespeare.
Carla C
Hi we have a day spare next week in our holidays and this place has caught our eye, but just wondered if there are any other things near by that we can do with our 4 year old, I know this is not a question about your exhibition, we are already sold on coming to visit but we are not familiar with the area at all, thanks
28 April 2017|
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Response from Katie W | Property representative |
Hi Carla, thanks for your interest in our MAD Museum. There's plenty of great stuff to see and do in Stratford upon Avon. Your four year old would no doubt love the interactivity in the Butterfly Farm and Shakespeare's... More