Museums & Art Galleries
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Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall is where it all began for young William. This is where a bright Midlands schoolboy was educated and inspired to become the worlds greatest playright (I wonder who’s plays they had to study?).
The MAD Museum
The MAD Museum does what it says on the tin! This quirky museum displays interactive pieces of mechanical art, and in particular; kinetic art and automata. “MAD” stands for Mechanical Art and Design. If you’re not quite sure what mechanical art is all about, think of the machines and gizmos used in Wallace and Gromit, Scrapheap Challenge and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park
Compton Verney houses six permanent collections, focusing on some unusual areas like Folk Art, the Women’s Library or the Northern European Collection 1450-1650. The gallery is set in 120 acres of Grade II listed classical parkland, designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the most eminent landscape architect of the eighteenth-century. You can marvel at world-class art or have fun in the outdoor adventure playground – or do both of course!
Tudor World Museum
Tudor World museum is set within an historic 16th century grade 2* listed building once occupied by William Shrieve an archer. Here you can discover the secret lives of the Tudors and what life was really like during the time of William Shakespeare; Francis Drake; Elizabeth I and Henry VIII.
James and Jayne Wigington founded Stratford Armouries in 2006. His family were well known gun manufacturers based in Bath and Shadwell Street in Birmingham.
There is the Churchill Gallery celebrating the life of Sir Winston Churchill, and an exhibition about the Wellington Bomber and the Commandos. There are also displays of firearms through the ages, including rare examples from India.
Shakespeare's New Place
Shakespeare’s New Place was the location of his family home from 1597 until he died in 1616. The house was demolished in 1759, but now a fantastic garden has been designed to commemorate the importance of the site. When Shakespeare bought New Place he was already an established playwright and it is believed that he wrote his later plays there, including The Tempest. Follow in Shakespeare’s footsteps through a new entrance on the site of the original gatehouse and enjoy a contemporary landscape that reveals the footprint of the Shakespeare family home.
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Information correct at July 2020. Please confirm details direct with attraction. E&OE.
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