MAD Museum, Stratford-upon-Avon


Mad Museum,

If you fancy a break from all things Shakespeare, check out the MAD (Mechanical Art and Design) Museum on Henley Street, just a few yards from Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Its doors were first unbolted in 2012 when an eccentric entrepreneur decided to set up the museum before retirement.

A crazy mixture of art and science, the MAD Museum is perfect for all ages. There are around 60 pieces of mechanical art on display, specifically called Kinetic Art and Automata. Nearly all of these exhibits are interactive, which means you get everything moving.

The MAD Museum appeals to those with curious and methodical minds too. The trick is to try and figure out how the gears, sprockets and robotics all engage with one another at the press of a button; every piece on display has been carefully handcrafted. This is where art meets movement (sometimes operating to achieve a function but most of the time, just moving for the fun of it!).

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