Enter the curious world of automata and be delighted with this fun-filled, interactive experience that combines art, technology and science. Tinker with hands-on activities to make cam-driven automata.
Showcasing works from the UK’s finest contemporary automata makers and complemented by automata from New Zealander Blair Sommerville. A visually stunning and playful experience; perfect for children, families and adults.
Curious Contraptions includes 30 push-button operated exhibits of automata, six hand-cranked interactives and an ensemble workshop. Public programmes and learning opportunities will be added throughout the season.
Open daily until 13 March 2022; Entry by donation | 10am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 5pm.
Curious Contraptions is powered by Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, London. Please note children under 14 must be supervised by an adult.
Museum Society historian Simon Johnson looks into the story of several moving and mechanical objects from the Te Manawa collection, and we explore the origins of Curious Contraptions itself.