The MAD Museum
The MAD Museum
4.5
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • thebin16
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom164 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun and full of ideas for thje budding engineers in your family
    What an amazing find! Tiny entrance, museum tucked away upstairs above a shop, and yet such a huge number of items on display! Nearly all working (one or two had suffered the ravages of time/use and needed a little TLC) and mesmerising to watch. Some are based on balls rolling around (but what a variety!), others are gear-powered automatons, and some contraptions that just defy description. The children would have spent all day just watching the large marble run containing "switches", trying to predict what would go where next! Really the only downside was the prices charged in the shop for similar models to take home and build yourself... In fact, the children came home and built their own from Lego instead.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Sally B
    Coventry, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great fun
    What a great place to visit. Our grandson aged almost 5 was mesmerised and excited by all of the items and spent a good hour playing with the marble blocks and marble run. Staff are friendly and helpful went out of their way to find my grandson an age appropriate activity pack. Itsquite small but load to keep you and the childen entertained. Well worth it.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 11, 2023
  • lgreen9
    Northampton, United Kingdom599 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique place
    An interesting place to explore. Rather unique. We paid £25 for a family ticket. There is one floor to explore and the museum can be found off the high Street. There is a toilet inside. You access the museum via stairs but there is a lift. Interactive pieces and interesting things to look at. Stayed just under an hour.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Neil M
    Glasgow, United Kingdom23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A brilliant experience!
    This has to be one of the best museums I have visited in a long time. The people who created the exhibits must have a vast amount f patience and skill to produce them. We went as 2 adults, but there were lots of kids being entranced during our visit
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Donna D
    103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must, its amazing and well priced.
    Amazing, amazing, amazing. This small museum was one of the best things we visited on our holidays. From the moment you walk in the door there is something to look at. We went because my daughters have blue peter badges and we saw it was one of the places they got in free to, this place was so good, if you love marble runs this is the place to come and see them at their best. All the exhibition is sensor base so you wave your hands and the thing in front of you moved. There was an area where you could have a go at making a marble run yourself too. We were in the museum a little over an hour and we loved it. I think it was priced just right for the size of the museum. A great find.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Pete F
    Grantham, United Kingdom693 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The entrance belies how good this exhibition really is !
    Two seniors, travelling through Stratford stopped for lunch and as we had heard about the Mad Museum decided to visit. So delighted that we did. For those with limited ability, there is a lift to the main floor, and then you are simply mesmerised by the sheer amount of exhibits that there are, and everyone is in excellent order and works perfectly. Remarkable really, when you consider that tiny hand must often touch the exhibits. The entrance fee, when you consider this a family event, might seem a little steep, but believe me it really is worth it. Clean & tidy, and you can fully immerse yourself in these remarkable exhibits for a good hour or two. Never seen anything like it. 10/10
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 11, 2023
  • Nina R
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mechanical Art & Design wonderment
    I've been "MAD" several times, usually with kids on a trip out over the school holidays. This time as a couple. The place never ceases to amaze, there's something for everyone of all ages from the interactive build your own area to the intracate workings of the models large and small. Well worth a visit and I highly recommend when you're in the area. Hard to find, look nothing from the road side, buggies stay downstairs under the stairs, but as you go up you'll understand why! Walking tours of town give you a discount and tesco club card too!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 30, 2023
  • Pops and the Two Js
    North Chailey, United Kingdom15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit when visiting Stratford for the day
    We spent just over 2 hours exploring the MAD museum. Our 7 year old was enthralled by the mechanics of the pieces and we were blown away with the craftsmanship and ingenuity. We especially liked the room with the hands on games where we spent over half an hour trying to perfect the marble run!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written January 6, 2024
  • Neil Barlow
    Aylesbury, United Kingdom19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolute treasure
    I took my Grandchildren here ages 4 & 7, we absolutely loved it and spent about 3 hours watching and playing. They both had great fun trying to build their own marble runs and enjoyed watching the many moving creations. Situated in a beautiful town so had a short walk to the river when we had finished.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written January 13, 2024
  • Donna W
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely recommend visiting!
    From aged 7 to 74 (no prizes for guessing who has the shortest attention span!) our whole family group enjoyed at least 2.5hrs of brilliant fun combined learning. We were full of admiration for the designers, mesmerised by the exhibits with everything so accessible and lively! Not a conventional museum for sure. Definitely enjoyed ourselves. Couldn’t recommend a visit more!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written January 20, 2024
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Richard M
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Ok, it’s quite small. And it took us about an hour to go round but at £22 for a family of four it was excellent value. Quality over quantity.

My kids loved it. It’s full of the most amazing machines that are works of art. Watch then working and sit and wonder what sort of crazy mind worked out how to make them work. The “Run Rabbit Run” machine that’s works in time with the music was just amazing.

Well worth a visit. My 11 year old son loved it as did my 14 year old daughter.

Brilliant.
Written August 18, 2020
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Dead_Sheep
Stourbridge, UK222 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
If you go with children then make sure that you allocate enough time. They will be there for ages to view the machines, installations and to build marble runs. There is also plenty to entertain the adults. For younger children it is a great way to introduce them to engineering concepts as well as mechanical art.

The displays are well thought out and maintained to good working order. We have been three times and have noted that some of the displays are periodically changed.
Written January 11, 2020
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Hi Dead_Sheep To be honest, I can't really say much as your review sums up what we are all about, so if you're a budding engineer or just like seeing how mechanical things work the Museum is the best place to come. We have a great team at Mad and we do our best to maintain all the exhibits as soon as any problem arises, you are right in saying that we do try our best to change/add new exhibits when we can as we know that quite a good number of people do come back and visit Mad a few times a year. Thank you and we hope to see you all again MG
Written February 14, 2020
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Supssups
Birmingham, UK41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Fair few hours can be spent here. One floor of contraptions by various artists using simple scientific principles makes the rusty brain start thinking.

Can be a nice pre-lunch visit during a picnic at Stratford-upon-Avon. The place is quite small and can feel cramped and suffocating in large crowds. Nevertheless, no complaints. Don’t go with very high expectations and you will enjoy what is on offer.
Written February 23, 2020
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Hi Supssups Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, i'm glad you managed to spend a good few hours enjoying the exhibits and working the rusty brain. Even though the half term was very busy it's good to see you found the time to enjoy Mad.
Written March 5, 2020
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Bobz_08
Midlands35 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We visited the Mad museum website and saw the warning about no pushchairs at peak times and timed our trip at the end of the day when we knew it would be quieter so we could enjoy the museum as a family. Despite it being less than half full, the unfriendly jobsworth on reception told us that it’s a no pushchairs at any time policy, no discretion, no exceptions, apparently no common sense either. She quoted the usual “health and safety” rubbish at us. Wish I’d known that before my 4 year old got excited about being there! Trying to get round the museum with a wriggly baby in your arms plus nappy bag etc does not make for an enjoyable visit and I definitely wouldn’t recommend a visit to anyone who needs to use a pushchair for their little one like we do. It wasn’t that great for a 4 year old, just load of buttons to push to activate the displays, with the odd foot pedal. He did enjoy the short time at the make your own marble run though, would have been longer if his baby brother could have been in his comfy pushchair instead of being carried!!! On another note, pushchairs have to be left downstairs, at street level, in front of an open double door in full sight of passers by. There is a sign saying they have security cameras. Not sure how effective they will be when someone legs it with your expensive baby gear! See pic. We won’t return, mainly because of the unfriendly “welcome” we received.
Written February 22, 2020
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Hi Bobz_08 Sorry you feel that the safety of your children is just "Health and Safety Rubbish". The Museum was extremely busy throughout all of the half term holiday and the safety of all our visitors is paramount to us at all times and just not during busy periods. We enforce the pushchair policy during these very busy times as we are not a large museum and space can get very tight and last thing we or any responsible parent would want is somebody tripping or falling into your pushchair. While i agree this can be an "inconvenience" pretty much all of the parents that visited us over the half term totally understood why we had to enforce this policy. We have now been open for 8 years and in all that time we have never had any pushchair go missing when it has been left downstairs. I can also say that our staff are amazing and that 95% of the staff we have, have been with us since we opened Mad and the rest have been with us for the last 2 years, i can say that they are never rude (or jobworth's) as you will see from all our reviews on tripadvisor or facebook the staff are always welcoming and friendly. So i'm sorry you had to carry your son around with you but at least he enjoyed the Marble Wall.
Written March 5, 2020
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Jimtay1984
Calver, UK90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
This museum isn’t very big but it’s loads of fun and totally unique. We spent about an hour looking at all the various contraptions, some of which are absolutely brilliant. Only one or two weren’t working. Our girls (8 & 5) particularly liked the area where you can build your own marble runs. We went early on a Sunday morning and it was busy but not unbearable. Definitely £20 well spent.
Written February 23, 2020
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Hi Jimtay1984 Fun and unique is a very good way of describing what Mad is all about, we do have some amazing exhibits and our marble wall is always very popular, sorry a couple of the exhibits didn't appear to work, we had them all fixed and working by Monday morning. The Sunday was the end of our very busy half term week so you picked the best day to go on. Thank you for your review and we hope you'll visit us again someday.
Written March 5, 2020
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MH2511
Droitwich, UK336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
A great visit. Plenty to do for the price and with reduced capacity, there is plenty of space to walk around without feeling like you are rushed or unable to social distance. Since our previous visit, touch buttons have been replaced by sensors to increase safety - a great idea. All displays were fully operational and there were some innovative pieces of art on display.

Blue Peter badge holders and children 5 and under are free. Given children 3 and older would probably get a lot from a visit, this makes it a bit of a bargain.
Written January 5, 2022
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nicolanoycewilliams
Southend-on-Sea, UK260 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Family
So much packed into a tiny space

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but saw other reviews and thought we’d give it a go! There’s a lot of different mechanical pieces that all work with a wave of the hand to help stop germs spreading.
So many were favourites. Some incredibly clever and detailed pieces with astounding craftsmanship and ingenuity. My son loved it. He’s definitely a hands on person and saw that there is a world beyond books and writing where being able to imagine and build has its own worth. Thank you for being MAD!
Written September 5, 2020
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Jason Wicks
Birmingham, UK136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Fantastic little place for kids & adults alike, perfect to kill an hour or so. We booked in advance and when we arrived on the day, we saw signage saying only bookings were being admitted so I would strongly advise booking, especially if you're looking to go in the busier periods.

Surprisingly, the meuseum wasn't overly packed out and we got plenty of time to look at each display. The displays themselves were incredible and mindblowing! Staff were lovely and the gift shop at the end had all sorts of cool & quirky things to buy.

Would definitely recommend to all.
Written June 2, 2021
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Liane K
Rugby, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The MAD Museum is my four year old son's favourite place. He spends several hours looking at the exhibits and immersed in the activities each time we visit. A fun and inspiring place for kids, adults and budding engineers and inventors.
Written January 11, 2020
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Hi LianeKavanagh Happy to hear you found the Museum inspiring and your son enjoys his visits, you have summed up very well what the Museum is all about. I hope you and your son continue to visit and enjoy all the Mad creations from the very talented artists who always put so much time and effort into creating such interesting pieces for us. MG
Written February 14, 2020
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Hope213
Sheffield, UK54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
I visited here with my 12 and 14 year olds. We were amazed by all the interesting creations. If you have a Blue Peter Badge card they are excepted too :) The place is very well laid out with a button to press for each creation to come alive and a description of the art next to it. Once you have paid you are welcomed and given a brief introduction about the place. There are even coat hooks which is a nice touch! At the end of the museum the exhibits are more interactive. My children enjoyed building their own marble run. Overall we spent 1 and 1/2 hours there - the museum is fairly small but it’s worth spending your time carefully looking at each creation. If you rush round you will definitely miss things. The museum is definitely suitable for all ages! Well worth a visit!
Written February 2, 2020
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Hello J123R123 :) Thank you for your lovely review of Mad, you clearly enjoyed your visit and it's great to hear you took the time to look at the descriptions about all the exhibits, we aim to just give people just enough information about the artist and the creations they have made without overloading you with to much text. As you mentioned we are not a huge place but we have managed to fit so much in for you to do and interact with. Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you all again. MG
Written February 27, 2020
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