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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

The Nutcracker: Christmas at Mottisfont

Banana BoatSome of our automata are appearing at Mottisfont, National Trust, as part of their Nutcracker Christmas event.

Saturday 29 November – Sunday 4 January 2015

Start your visit with a peek into a twinkling Christmas party, then ascend the staircase to the sound of ticking clocks, to enter the dream mechanical world of the Nutcracker. Have a go operating life-size puppets and all sorts of weird and wonderful automata from the famous Cabaret Mechanical Theatre. Beautiful little lantern theatres reveal more of the story. Watch out for the exciting battle between the Mouse King and the toy soldiers before heading out to the gardens to explore the Land of Snow and ice and land of Sweets.

Mottisfont – National Trust
near Romsey
SO51 0LP


Museum Boerhaave, Leiden, Netherlands

Museum BoerhaaveOpen 1st July 2014 to 2nd 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.