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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 whatever your age

We really enjoyed our visit to this little museum. There was so much to see and do, crammed into a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Dianne J
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Bewdley, United Kingdom
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What a nice little interactive museum, perfect for young children who like to see how things work... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lia G
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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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  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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4-5 Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6PT, England
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+44 1789 269356
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We really enjoyed our visit to this little museum. There was so much to see and do, crammed into a small space. We were just a couple of old people, but children would be equally fascinated, because the exhibits are suitable for all ages. We...More

Thank Dianne J
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Katie M, Public Relations Manager at The MAD Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Dianne, thank you for taking the time to write a review. I'm so glad you thought MAD had something for all ages and that you found our museum fascinating. We look forward to seeing you again with your son and grandson. Thank you Dianne.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a nice little interactive museum, perfect for young children who like to see how things work and who may be full of questions. It is only small here, we spent between 1 hour - 1 hour 30 here. My daughter really enjoyed watching how...More

Thank Lia G
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Katie M, Public Relations Manager at The MAD Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Lia, thank you for visiting our MAD Museum with your daughter and for taking the time to write some feedback. We really appreciate your kind words about our exhibits and interactive elements. Thank you for sharing a photo too.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is such a lovely little place to go. It is so interactive and enjoyable which is fantastic for keeping everyone entertained. The one complaint is that it was over too quickly as there wasn’t enough to see but plenty to keep you occupied...More

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Katie M, Public Relations Manager at The MAD Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your feedback Hannah. We'd love to be bigger too but thank you for saying you would recommend our museum, we really appreciate your support.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a really fun little museum. It's in one large room, but with lots of exhibits and little corners to go and have a look at. It's full of fascinating marble runs and odd machines to delight. The museum had lots of families enjoying...More

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Katie M, Public Relations Manager at The MAD Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi CaptainFanjo, thank you for your kind review about our museum. It's wonderful to hear you three big kids had an enjoyable trip. Thank you.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is awesome with so much fun to be had, my 3 year old, my partner and I all enjoyed playing and building whilst learning.

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

Thank you very much Laura, it's wonderful to hear you three all enjoyed our museum. Thank you.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed spending around 2 hours looking at all of the fantastic devises and we were happy to find that several of the exhibits allow a level of interaction.

Thank Adam W
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Katie M, Public Relations Manager at The MAD Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

'Mind melting'?! - I like that, thank you very much Adam. I'm glad you had an enjoyable couple of hours in our museum. Thank you.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum will be enjoyed by people of all ages, I visited with my partner and the whole way round we were amazed by the beautiful and intricate exhibits. It's not something you'd expect in Stratford but it's a must do. Tons of inspiring mechanical...More

1  Thank xCara87x
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Katie M, Public Relations Manager at The MAD Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi xCara87x, it's great to hear you and your partner were amazed the whole way around our museum. Thank you very much, we really appricate your kind words.

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Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Don't be fooled in to thinking this is only for the little folk, it is just as much fun for us grown ups! Though small it is packed with fascinating inventions that led my boys to try to procure all sort of objects to create...More

1  Thank Odette B
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Katie M, Public Relations Manager at The MAD Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you very much Odette. It is most definitely for grown-ups too. Thank you for visiting our museum twice, I'm glad you all had a good time and it's wonderful to hear we inspired your boys to make their own creations. You are very kind...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

This has something for all ages. It is a lovely mix of art, design and physics and the educational merits, coupled with the sheer fun factor mean it’s a great way to spend a few hours whilst visiting Stratford. It’s very hands-on and the giant...More

2  Thank MikeHorton
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Katie M, Public Relations Manager at The MAD Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

Hi Mike, thank you for visiting our museum and for taking the time to write a review. I really appreciate your lovely MAD description, you really got the gist of what we are trying to do. I will pass your kind words onto Simon, thanks...More

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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

My ten year old was with us as was my twenty six year old. Now it has to be said that it's not often that their interests are common, but here it was totally different as it was as if the age gap was months...More

1  Thank Peter H
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Katie M, Public Relations Manager at The MAD Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

Hi Peter H, it's wonderful to hear we appealed to both your 10 and 26-year-old. Thank you very much for recommending our museum, we really appreciate your support.

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natalie1982natalie
31 July 2017|
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Response from Katie M | Property representative |
Hi Natalie, It's perfect for 8-year-olds. MAD is almost entirely hands-on so there are plenty of buttons to press, machines to interact with and marble runs to be made. Please take a look at the 'families' page on our... More
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sarahcl_89
25 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
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Loveit08
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.
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