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Address: 4-5 Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6PT, England
Phone Number:
+44 1789 269356
10:00 - 17:30
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Stratford upon Avon is most famous for being the birthplace of poet and...

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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Marvel at the ingenuity - compelling for all ages

Nothing to do with the magazine, everything to do with automata and man's ingenuity. Up a staircase above Lakeland are 50+ machines which will keep anyone fascinated for a good... read more

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David H
Camberley, Surrey
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Camberley, Surrey
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nothing to do with the magazine, everything to do with automata and man's ingenuity. Up a staircase above Lakeland are 50+ machines which will keep anyone fascinated for a good 30-45 minutes.

Thank David H
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well what can I say, a hidden gem. Looking from the outside thought it was going to be an expensive look round a boring museum. However it was £22 for a family ticket and well worth every penny. Kids were entertained with interactive push buttons to start up exhibits. Marble mazes galore and a make your own maze. Brilliant for... More 

Thank TheWebleys
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was a good fun and my 7 year old really enjoyed it. It was bit small though and finished all the activities within an hour. Parking again was a bit of an issue as on-street parking were mostly full and had to walk from leisure centre after parking.

Thank robinlondon2017
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My teenage kids said it was the coolest place in the world! The interactive opportunities made the experience v enjoyable.

Thank LikeSpicyFood
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I came here with my boyfriend with absolutely no idea what to expect.. Well; I thoroughly enjoyed myself and we had a great time watching all of the different gadgets and displays. I had no idea this place even existed and will be coming back again! The staff member running the place that day (not sure of his name) was... More 

Thank Amy R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

More intesting for children than adults. Numerous marble runs of one sort or another. Most of the exhibits are activated by buttons.

Thank Les C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Read about this somewhere and decided to visit. Not the cheapest attraction in Stratford but a great antidote to all the reverential Shakespeare sites. I marvel at the skill and patience of the people who built the exhibits and still haven't quite worked out all the paths on the different ball mazes.

Thank Cuthbert-R
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped in Stratford during a short road trip through England. We are an American family with three children, 6, 3, and 2. After a long day walking around Cambridge the previous day, we came here, primarily to appease my 6 year old son, who is a big fan of science museums. Everyone loved it! I knew it would be... More 

Thank ginakina
Stratford upon Avon
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I have walked past this location many times, but a friend recommended it for a family visit. Brilliant staff; accessible; interactive and great fun. All ages loved it- particularly the "build your own" area. We will be back !

Thank Rita K
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I think the cost of this attraction is what stops it being 5* seeing as its vastly overpriced for what it is, still hugely entertaining for an hour for adults and kids alike.

Thank twynngunner

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