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Permanent Exhibitions

These 3 venues have CMT exhibits on show all year round. Choose a link below for opening times and more information.


Touring Exhibitions

Come Create at Think Tank, Birmingham, UK

Thinktank is inviting visitors to get in touch with their inventive side, in the new summer exhibition ‘Come Create’. Open daily from 24 May – 7 September 2014, ‘Come Create’ combines some of the more extraordinary creations from Birmingham Museums’ collection, alongside fun hands-on activities for all ages. These include making a giant ball run, creating electric circuits and fun invention-themed art activities.

There will be 12 exhibits from Cabaret Mechanical Theatre throughout the exhibition.

24th May – 7th September 2014
Open daily 10am – 5pm

Birmingham Science Museum
Millennium Point, Birmingham
B4 7AP

Think Tank Website

Thinktank isn’t the only place in Birmingham for visitors to see creativity in action. Over at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, ‘Marvellous Machines’ is open daily until 21 September. Visitors can step inside the world of machines and drawings by creator and inventor Rowland Emett, perhaps best known for his contraptions featured in the film ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’.

For further information visit


Peckham Platform, London, UK

Money Distribution Machines and other Useful Contraptions

20th May 27th July 2014

Money Distribution Machine, Chocolate Converter, Let-Others-be- Nice-To-Me Device and a Perfect Baby Dispenser; these are just a few desired appliances for life that have arisen from workshops and conversations between the artist Kathrin Böhm and service users at Three Cs, an organisation for people with learning disabilities and mental health challenges with a mental health support service on Rye Lane in Peckham.
‘Money Distribution Machine and Other Useful Contraptions’ is Peckham Platform’s second commission as an independent organisation, and the project follows Böhm’s interest in collaborative production structures. The exhibition will gather the results of the workshops alongside other unusual devices by invited artists and organisations, including Tim Hunkin’s videos of ‘home made slot machines’, Blake Fall-Conroy’s ‘Minimum Wage Machine, a device for ‘instant animation production’ by Technology Will Save Us as well as a series of 4 pieces of automata from Cabaret Mechanical Theatre.

Peckham Platform
89 Peckham High Street
London SE15 5RS

Wednesday—Friday, 11am – 6pm
Saturday—Sunday, 11am – 5pm

See more details on the website, including a talk from Tim Hunkin.


Museum Boerhaave, Leiden, Netherlands

Museum BoerhaaveOpen 1st July 2014 to November 2014

The Museum Boerhaave is the Netherlands’ National Museum of the History of Science and Medicine.
As the national treasury of scientific endeavours, the museum shows some 400 years of advances in knowledge. Developments in the various sciences can be viewed in 24 rooms on two levels. The Mechanical Circus returns to the Museum Boerhaave after it’s last visit in 2011. See 40 automata from Cabaret Mechanical Theatre alongside artefacts from the museum. All in an atmospheric circus setting.

Circus BoerhaaveMuseum Boerhaave
Lange St.
Agnietenstraat 10
2312 WC Leiden

Tel: +31 (0)71-5214224.


The Mechanicals at Teknikens Hus, Sweden

The Mechanicals

14 June to 2 November 2014

A collaboration between Science Projects Ltd and Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, The Mechanicals is a joyful interactive exhibition of comical, beautifully made automata that will give fun and knowledge to old and young.

Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-16.00. Closed on Mondays.

Admission 70 SEK / person, Children 0-4 years free admission.
Admission Price high season 23 June to 17 August 2014 90 SEK / person

Teknikens Hus Website


Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, UK

Automata, a Collector’s Collection
16 June 2014 – 9 November 2014

Automata and mechanical and moving toys from Sir Nicholas Goodison’s contemporary collection will be shown in Walpole’s original display cabinets. The display includes traditional toys from around the world and witty works by some of the best-known modern British makers.
Entry to the exhibition is free with a paid entry ticket to the house.
No booking required.