The MAD Museum | Day Out With The Kids

The MAD Museum

5 star Rating 5 / 5 2 reviews

Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, England

  • Boy looking at display at The MAD Museum in Stratford upon Avon
  • Kids looking at exhibit at The MAD Museum in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Boy looking at display at The MAD Museum in Stratford upon Avon

Attraction Information

  • Museums and Art Galleries icon Museums and Art Galleries

Ages: 4-12

Venue type: Indoor

The Mad Museum is where sprockets, robotics and wild paraphernalia are yours to explore. While others say hands off, they demand a hands-on approach to over 50 crazy contraptions. Press buttons, turn screws and release your ‘inner inventor’!

This is the UK’s only mechanical arts museum and their mission is to promote STEM: better understood as Science, Technology, Engineering and Design. In doing so they’ve pulled together a colossal collection of robotic birds, sand pictures, 3D faces and an enormous MAD Marble wall. You can design and build your very own run on the wall and watch as marbles fly through! The museum’s founder has even got in on the act and created ‘The Kitchenator’ - a rolling ball sculpture built entirely from items you’d find in an everyday kitchen.

It’s a joy to watch kids step away from the remote and interact, learn and explore. Any budding engineers will find a little piece of heaven here, while the whole family can enjoy the eccentric surroundings and witty team of resident artists. You won’t forget a day out here so don’t delay!

  • UK’s only mechanical arts museum
  • Over 50 crackers contraptions
  • Build your own massive marble run 


  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Baby Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available
  • Wheelchair Wheelchair Friendly
  • Parking Parking Available Nearby
  • Pushchair Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6PT, England


Click here to visit The MAD Museum's website
01789 269356

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

April - September
Monday to Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday to Sunday & Holidays 10:00 - 17:30

October - March
Monday to Friday 10:30 - 16:30
Saturday to Sunday & Holidays 10:00 - 17:30


General Admission
Adults: £7.80
Kids (6-15): £5.20
Concessions/Students: £6.30
Family (2 adults, 2 kids): £22.00
Under 5's: free

Last Entry

45 minutes before attraction closes

More Information

Pets allowed

Assistance/Guide Dogs only

Parking facilities

Windsor Street Car Park
Up to 1 hour: £1.00
Up to 2 hours: £2.00
Up to 3 hours: £3.00
Up to 4 hours: £4.00


Fantastic place for all ages

5 star Rating 5 / 5

Written by SallyEllice . 20.01.18

We have just got back from a trip to the MAD museum and can honestly say we have had a fantastic visit! We were a group of 9 with ages ranging from 1 to 63 and everyone found plenty to entertain them. We were easily able to spend an hour and a half there and the older ones (anyone over 5!). Could have stayed even longer. We were welcomed at the door with a quick explanation of how it worked, there were decent toilets, baby change, a handy place to hang your coats, friendly staff and a massive collection of gizmos and gadgets which made for a wonderful place to visit on a wet winter’s day.

Mesmerising collection of marble runs

5 star Rating 5 / 5

Written by catherinew . 08.03.17

We came across this by chance and took our 4 and 8 year old boys - we all loved it. The tracks and runs are fascinating, and the giant marble run wall kept us happy for ages. Perfect as part of a family day out, we spent a good hour and a half there - wish they had a cafe that delivered your cake down a marble chute!