The MAD Museum (Mechanical Art and Design)

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August, 2015

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You can be aged 3 to 103 to enjoy this eccentric and quirky museum which displays many forms of kinetic art (moving models activated by YOU!). You can even hire this little museum as a venue for your special birthday get-together! NOTE: no food or drink is sold here (there is absolutely no room!) but you can retain and re-show your ticket and step out into a street with many cafes a few steps away.

Although accessed by steep stairs, this museum is wheelchair friendly and has a lift to accommodate persons who would find the stairs difficult. I‘m pleased about this because so often this is not the case. I feel it‘s worth mentioning, too, that there are some comfortable upright chairs for that much need sit-down plus a small ‘cinema‘ area with seats where you can enjoy short but exciting films about kinetic art. Here I had a 20 minute sit which was much needed after wandering around the installations for well over an hour! There are several Blue Badge parking spaces in Henley Street, 5 minutes or less walk from the museum.

The range of moving art is amazing – marble runs, a moving Lego clock, a train chugging on a rail above your head, a typewriter keyboard from which you can activate sounds on wine glasses, a large flowery teddy with moving body parts, a large pair of hands that clap when you do, a piece of automata named ‘Quiet contemplation of a sandwich‘ – the name alone should make you want to visit this little but fascinating museum. My next visit to Stratford upon Avon will certainly take in another visit here – I certainly didn‘t see all there was to see and we were there for over two hours!

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Christina Hunt

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