School Trips at The MAD Museum

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Experience and interact with some of the world’s finest pieces of kinetic art and automata.

Learning beyond the classroom, The MAD Museum is worthwhile, educationally beneficial and also a lot of fun.
Nearly all of the exhibits displayed at The MAD Museum function at the touch of a button or the turn of a handle; we challenge pupils to operate, interact and understand how each contraption works.

As the only museum of its kind in the UK, The MAD Museum offers group discounts, free entry for teachers, assisted visits, key stage (1-4) activity packs and answer packs and workshop.

This museum ticks off parts of the Art, Design, Maths, Science & Engineering curriculum.

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Why are The MAD Museum great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

Every piece on display has been handcrafted with precision and remarkable skill. This is where art meets movement sometimes operating to achieve a function but most of the time, just moving for the fun of it. Discover inspirational Design, Fine Art, Technology and Sculpting throughout the museum. We encourage pupils to examine and interact with some of the world’s finest pieces of Kinetic Art and Automata, to identify themselves with different materials and design elements and ignite their imagination.

The MAD Museum’s exhibits demonstrate clear Physics, Engineering and Maths principals. Whether you’re looking to inspire or help pupils understand; we encourage a hands-on approach to immersive learning in a fun environment. Get to grips with the wonderfully inquisitive world of science and purposeful beauty. Understand how the gears, sprockets, robotics and eccentric paraphernalia all engage with one another at the touch of a button.

Activities available during group visits

We offer assisted visits. Depending on the size of your group, one or 2 members of staff would be readily available to give an introduction to the museum, answer questions, help pupils with their activity packs and walk around with the group.
This is a very popular service with educational groups because it means pupils can do their own exploring while accompanied by a clued-up member of staff.

We provide an assortment of different Key Stage packs, all of which coincide with the curriculum and aged-specific subjects. Please get in touch to find out more and to see examples.

Experience what it's like making artwork in a functioning workshop. The Team at MAD have opened up their normally off-limits workshop to offer a construction activity to small groups.
Get behind the scenes at The MAD Museum and build your very own piece of automata in the same room machines and sculptures are fixed and assembled every day. We offer a range of different automata exercises. Please contact us to find out more.

The 'Automata Workshop' is held in a small compact room, we cannot provide this activity for large groups. If you are interested, The MAD Museum can provide automata kits for groups to construct outside of the museum, in the classroom or at home. A free instruction manual will also be provided. Make it back in the classroom, the kits can also be painted.
We do encourage a trip to the museum to support and inspire this automata building activity.

What size groups do you cater for?

10-40 pupils. As this museum is interactive, the smaller the group the better. We suggest groups of 10-20 pupils at a time is the best number but we can always cater for different numbers.

Is there first aid on site?

Yes we do.

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

MAD is fully accessibly for disabled visitors. The museum is located on the first floor. As well as a staircase, there, there is a lift at the museum’s entrance which is available for wheelchairs and pushchairs. There are no ramps or steps featured in the museum. Disabled toilets are also on site.

Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

Yes we do. Our members of staff are experienced in caring across a broad spectrum of abilities. Please talk to us about your requirements, we will help however we can.

Anything else?

These group rates are available during (Warwickshire) term time only. They exclude weekends and bank holidays.

Booking are required for all school groups visiting the museum.

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