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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 good way to spend an hour

A great little museum, you could only spend 1-2 hours here as it's small. Found it very... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Lancashire, United Kingdom
via mobile
Really interesting

Very interesting place thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Lots to do for children and adults and was... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Solly K
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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!
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“all ages” (135 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
4-5 Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6PT, England
+44 1789 269356
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A great little museum, you could only spend 1-2 hours here as it's small. Found it very interesting, we have 2 children aged 9 & 3 and it engaged them both. They both loved the marble runs you can build in the self play area....More

Thank 777rio
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very interesting place thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Lots to do for children and adults and was very busy as to be expected in the summer holidays. Well worth the cheap entry price.

Thank Solly K
Reviewed 2 days ago

We loved this place. It is sheer pleasure, for anyone age 3 to 93. If you love quirky machines, this is for you. (See YouTube videos for a taste of what you'll see.) We found it busy in midweek August, but not inconveniently so by...More

Thank Tony W
Reviewed 2 days ago

Its places like this that make me angry at TA for not having a `Good` option as Very Good is being overly generous. Its a good place to visit when you only wish to kill an hour and are prepared to pay over £20 for...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited the museum using tesco clubcard vouchers as part payment. The museum was smaller than expected but interesting non the less. There wasn't quite as much to do here as I expected so I think if I had paid full price to enter I...More

Thank Jo-Anne G
Reviewed 3 days ago

Really interesting little place and great with kids who like to press buttons. You find yourself entranced by all the mechanisms. Not the cheapest place but worth it for an amusing hour or so and to entertain your budding engineers. We will go again.

Thank VH78
Reviewed 4 days ago

Got in here with Tesco vouchers, and would have been eight pounds each otherwise, so quite pricey as it only takes an hour or so to go round, but ignoring that, this is an excellent little museum. There's plenty of hands-on activities for adults and...More

Thank Crispian B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great for young and old - especially those into Art & Automaton. Lots of buttons to press and highly entertaining for an hour or two on a rainy day ! Highly recommended

Thank Alanbgp
Reviewed 6 days ago

Visited this museum with my husband and three children (9, 3 and 2) the museum is situated above a post office. The museum is not pushchair accessible and the entrance is at the top of a staircase. If you do have a pushchair you will...More

Thank gibb0girl
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was a most enjoyable visit and a testament to the imagination, skill and craftsmanship of a range of artists. I shall definitely be bringing my 6 year-old grandson to watch the models and then have the chance to experiment and create some marble runs...More

Thank Alison L
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31 July 2017|
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Response from Katie W | 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
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
5 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.