For Families

The MAD Museum is an indoor attraction and offers something for the whole family!

Interact with eccentric artworks, contraptions and machines, build marble runs on our giant MAD Marbles wall. Pick up one of our free family activity sheets and take part in our holiday competitions. Use our free craft facilities to sketch the exhibits on display and take as many videos and photos as you like.

Your ticket gives you entry to The MAD Museum for the whole day!
If you are looking for a fun few hours out with the family, are a budding artists or retired engineer, this is the place for you.

The Youngsters

The MAD Museum is completely sensory; experience a myriad colours, unusual sounds, flashing lights and movement. Plus, children aged 5yrs or under are completely FREE!

The Kids

Mechanical art is loud, eccentric and interactive making it perfect for the kids! We encourage kids to press buttons and be hands-on with the machines on display. As well as being a lot of fun it subtly teaches kids about design, physics and maths.

The Big Kids

We challenge you to figure out how these unconventional machines do what they do. We’ve been told The MAD Museum is really nostalgic as many of the exhibits are reminiscent of the works of Rube Goldberg and Heath Robinson.

Free Family Activity pack

Click here to download our brand new, free fun pack.

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Helpful Information for Families

Tickets – your ticket will give you entry for the whole day. Come in, pop out for some lunch then come back for some more exploring.

Timeframe – it usually takes visitors 1-2 hrs to look around The MAD Museum.

Storage – the museum has limited storage but we will do what we can.

Toilets –  our toilets and disabled toilets can be found at the rear of the museum. Look for the white walls!

Baby changing facilities – are located in the disabled toilet.

Access – there’s wheelchair access throughout. On quiet days we can accommodate pushchairs but if you can, please leave them at the museum’s entrance.

Pets – guide dogs are welcome but sadly we can’t let pets and other animals into the museum.

Food & Drink –  not permitted in the museum and we don’t have in-house facilities but the museum is based right in the heart of the town so there are plenty of places to grab a bite.

Photos & Videos – please feel free to take as many as you like! Don’t forget to tag us on Facebook & Twitter!

Parking – the closest car park to The MAD Museum is the Windsor Street Car Park. Click here for the details.

In order to abide by the social distancing measures put forward by the government in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the museum is sadly CLOSED to the public until further notice. Please stay safe and we hope to see you again soon.