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Marvellous Machines

The Red House Museum is excited to present this year's summer exhibition: Marvellous Machines from the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre. 

An exhibition for all ages which features modern automata, or mechanical sculptures, with clever mechanisms and often humorous ideas. 

The automata are on tour from Cabaret Mechanical Theatre whose exhibits have recently been enjoyed in China, Korea, and the USA, with the collection being seen by over ten million people worldwide over the past 30 years. 

Come along and marvel at these colourful humorous and thought-provoking masterpieces, which come to life at the push of a button. You can also get involved as some of these machines need you to get hands-on and understand how they work for yourself. 

Exhibition Highlights:

  • Spaghetti Eater by Paul Spooner

What better place is there to practice the messy art of learning how to eat spaghetti, than the bath? Tomato sauce and parmesan cheese are provided on tap! 

  • Fish by Matt Smith

Watch how these two fish swim in perfect unison, with the very ingenious mechanism. They can even turn around and keep in time. 

  • Large Green Jungle by Peter Markey

This busy jungle is full of colourful animals, and also a poacher! Peter Markey’s simplistic mechanical style using simple cams and cranks really brings the scene to life.

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