Curious Places: Steampunk Museum aka the MAD Museum – Stratford-upon-Avon

The Steampunk Museum, or to be more accurate, the Museum of Mechanical Art and Design, is situated in a quiet little corner of Stratford-upon-Avon.  You’ll know when you’ve found it by the little mechanical clanks and bangs from its outdoor exhibits.  Don’t forget to clap your hands at the front door.

It’s a real Bill Bryson of museums.  That’s to say it’s filled with a strange miscellany of confections that defy description and need a mind of weird and wonderful scope to pull them together.

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There are two stories of interactive exhibits ranging from the simply structured automaton you could imagine having put together with your dad on a rainy afternoon at his shed, to things so wildly complex they are works of art in their own right.

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Everything chatters, calls, clinks and hums, making this an audio as well as a visual feast.  Sadly we didn’t have godchildren in tow, but they would have loved it as much as we did.

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There is complexity even in the simple ideas here.   Allow at least a couple of hours to spend at the museum – the building may be of modest size, but the exhibits are fascinating.  You might even get hooked (as I did) on watching a group of men (plus ladder) creating a digital clock time face.  And you might have to go and find your husband, who has become addicted to the mini cinema on the top floor.

As a teaser, don’t forget to let me know if Justin Bieber’s light has fused again…

The MAD Museum is situated at: Sheep Street, Stratford Upon Avon, CV37 6EF

http://themadmuseum.co.uk/