Machine Makers

Get hands on with the building blocks of engineering in this exciting and family friendly exhibition. Lift, slide, spin and build your way through six big interactive machines. It’s like a physics playground – with robots.

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Permanent Exhibition


Discover the simple machines that keep your world moving.

Machine Makers breaks down the six simple machines that make up the basics of engineering and helps explain the physics behind them. Once you’ve got your head round that, step inside the Machine Makers lab and join the engineers and robots to make your own incredible invention. You’ll be surrounded by inspiring objects from MOTAT’s collection of complex machines like a robotic hand and a penny farthing.

Race the wheels!

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Wheelchair accessible

Location: Building 6 at M1, Great North Road.

Entrance: Motion sensor automatic doors and a wide entrance.

Stairs: There are no stairs.

Noise: Videos and interactives throughout the exhibition.

Mobility parking is available on site at M1. Please arrange in advance, details to do so can be found with our Accessibility information.


We recommend parking in our large car park at M2 and enjoying the free vintage tram ride between sites.