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Between 13 October 2009 and 21 February 2010, we held the world’s first museum exhibition of Steampunk art. This extraordinarily successful exhibition showcased the work of 18 Steampunk artists from across the globe, and drew over 70,000 visitors to the Museum. Find out more about the exhibition by following links below – watch a documentary about the exhibition, take a virtual tour, see photographs of the costumed visitors on the Museum’s Steampunk Catwalk and watch some Steampunk machines in action.

To coincide with the exhibition, Secondary School Art and D&T departments were invited to submit students’ work to The Great Steampunk Art and Design Competition! A slideshow of the resulting artworks can be found here.


Programme of Steampunk Events (icon)

Details of a packed programme that has been running through the duration of the exhibition, featuring art and design, technology, films, fashion, makers, competitions, and steam!

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Broadsheet Issue No.9: Steampunk specialA special issue of the Museum’s publication Broad Sheet, which includes a specially commissioned Steampunk comic strip created by Sydney Padua.

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Photo from the Steampunk exhibitionExplore the image gallery and see the
artists along with their exhibits, now being followed by the next generation. The exhibition has even inspired its own fashion genre and you can see photos of live mannequins on the plinth.

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Steampunk videos icon

Several films, including interviews with Art Donovan, the curator, and Jim Bennett, Museum Director as well as tours of the exhibition space.

» Watch the videos.

Further sites of interest

More intriguing images and a full list of artists can be found on the exhibition’s official blog site: