The MAD Museum
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, activity packs for learners, resources for teachers, automata construction kits, marble run exercises and photography and sketching sessions.
This museum ticks off parts of the Art, Design, Maths, Science & Engineering curriculum.
Why are The MAD Museum great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
ART & DESIGN TECHNOLOGY
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.
SCIENCE, MATHS & ENGINEERING
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.
What activities are available during group visits?
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.
Resources which provide KS1-KS4 teachers with additional engaging lesson ideas, tips, interested MAD facts and resources. The Teacher's packs work alongside learner's activity packs.
DRAWING AND PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS
Use The MAD Museum as an environment to get creative. From a design perspective, the exhibits consist of different textures, colours, lights and motion. This is a great place to practice learnt techniques and get inspired.
CAM AUTOMATA KITS
After your visit to The MAD Museum, take an activity exercise back to the classroom. Get wooden parts to build a model with a choice of 3 different cam and wheel mechanisms. 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.
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
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.
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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