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The MAD Museum

4-5 Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6PT, England
+44 1789 269356
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A fun filled visit

I took my nephew for a visit here (he’s 6). We stayed about an hour. Yes it’s a small room with... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
LizCoventry
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Coventry
via mobile
Fascinating, whacky, ingenious fun!

A fascinating museum of mechanical and dynamic art. The theme is movement, and it includes marble... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
sidrid2018
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Alcester, 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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  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“marble runs” (107 reviews)
“all ages” (155 reviews)
“heath robinson” (28 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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 via mobile

I took my nephew for a visit here (he’s 6). We stayed about an hour. Yes it’s a small room with buttons to press to see moving exhibits but he enjoyed watching them and finding out about them. There was a lot of interactivity and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A fascinating museum of mechanical and dynamic art. The theme is movement, and it includes marble runs, automata, various machines and illusions. Whilst there are stacks of ingenious mechanisms to admire, there is a great deal of real quality "art" to appreciate too - a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We've visited here many times with our son (currently 8) and a succession of his friends - they all want to come when they know we're going. It's a lovely little museum, lots of buttons to press and a great marble run type area (very...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is in the main Street Henley Street and is very good for kids. I only went to the door and not go inside as there was a charge and my time was limited, I did get a brochure about it though

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We ideally like to visit here once a year but missed last year. It was good to return and play on the old favourites but also nice to see some new additions. Staff great as always and no question is dismissed.

Thank AndreaJ70
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you’re technically minded and love seeing stuff work then you’ll love this place. Loads of moving mechanical displays all activated at the press of a button.. rather inspiring and takes me back to tinkering with knex and Lego as a child. I’d seen the...More

Thank Daniel C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you get bored if Shakespeare-related things in Stratford, this museum is worth a look with many mechanical contraptions, ranging from moving wooden figures, to complex wires and ball-bearings based devices. Not a bad way to spend a spare hour in Stratford.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a surprising amount to see and do in this small museum. Many of the features are mesmerising and you are compelled to stand and watch (an emotion I've never experienced in a museum before!) My kids loved it and were inspired to come...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Must be a fifth or sixth visit for me. This quirky little exhibition is a great addition to any Stratford visit. While away an hour easily looking at weird and wonderful machines that are very active but achieve nothing! Some good interactive marble runs to...More

Thank Richard S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a Monday afternoon. Some mentioned the price. Maybe for a couple but a special rate for families. If you are interested in imagination and what can happen. Besides it was fun to watch the machines. If you are in Stafford for Shakespeare...More

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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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