Estelle Reviews..

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

At the end of July we went to a wedding in the very picturesque village of Great Missenden. The wedding was on a Sunday and we had some time to spare in the morning, so we decided to go and visit the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.

 

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I’m a big Roald Dahl fan, my favourite stories are The Enormous Crocodile and George’s Marvellous Medicine.

Roald Dahl spent part of his life in Great Missenden and the village serves as inspiration for some of his stories, including the BFG.

An adult ticket cost us £6.60 each, which using the wristband gives you access to come and go as you please throughout the day. There are a number of local walks and a cafe as well as the museum and story centre. Accessibility is amazing:

In order to ensure that all our visitors feel welcome:

  • The Museum and Shop are all fully wheel – and push chair accessible, as we are a step-free site. The Café has a step (we are a listed building and unable to change our layout) but there is a bell for assistance and a ramp is available.
  • We have two fully accessible loos.
  • We have a manual wheelchair which you may borrow, though we do advise calling in advance to ensure it is available.
  • Carers receive free admission.
  • We have tactile maps, a hearing loop, and audio transcripts of audio visual presentations.
  • We have a babychange room as well as baby changing facilities for parents/carers in wheelchairs.
  • We have British Sign Language interpretation throughout the Museum via the Museum’s Signly app. You can download the free app via the Apple or Google Play stores, search ‘Signly Roald Dahl Museum’.

The museum is broken up into 3 galleries:

Boy Gallery

First up was the Boy gallery. Here you learn all about Roald Dahl’s childhood, there is a touch screen archive and you can view old family photos, there are even giant chocolate doors!

Just outside the first room was one of my favourite things in the museum – an Enormous Crocodile Bench!

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Solo Gallery

The Solo gallery documents his journey to South Africa, his RAF experiences and how his adventures inspired his stories. You can experience his original writing hut and discover his mementos from his adventures. This room was so interesting and included some pieces from the new BFG movie. You can listen to excerpts from Matilda and view handwritten notebooks containing his story ideas.

This room also contained a “bookshelf” where you were able to discover some facts behind the stories.

The Story Centre

The last gallery was far and away my favourite. I had a blast in here. It is a creative hub with so many interactive pieces. You can listen to top tips from writers to create your own stories. You can make your own stop-frame animation too. I made a dinosaur/shark fight:

There were spaces to construct your own sentences, make up your own words, phrases and funny faces. There was also a scene from the Fantastic Mr Fox movie (Neil’s favourite!) which was fabulous (or fantastic?)

I practically skipped into George’s kitchen which is full of crafting activities. I invented my own dream jar and left my mark on the wall of invented words. This room was fantastic. This is a perfect place to get creative and embrace the adventure and quirkiness of the Roald Dahl spirit.

We were given a visitor guide book with extra information and every child over 5 (and me) receives a Story Ideas Book, packed full of inspiration to create your own stories and adventures.

Afterwards we visited the gift shop (obviously, I can’t resist a gift shop).

I could have easily spent a fortune in here, there were tshirts, stationery, plush toys, books, stickers, magnets. It was beautiful! I managed to restrain myself and Neil treated me to a few things, including some notebooks, postcards and a fabulous Enormous Crocodile pencil case!


I even got my very own Enormous Crocodile, who in a dramatic turn of events was nearly eaten by my cat!

The history, education and inspiration here is phenomenal and I would highly recommend you visit if you are in the area (even if you aren’t, I urge you to make the effort and visit), the interactive galleries offer so much for children adults alike.

Have you been to the Roald Dahl Museum? What is your favourite Roald Dahl book? Let me know below.

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6 thoughts on “The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

  1. Looks amazing! Fun filled and great for all ages. Love Roald Dahl and is great as Josie loves the films but now is able to read the books, she is working her way through Fantastic Mr Fox and wants to buy Charlie and The Choc Factory. I don’t think I have a favourite as love them all

    Stacey xxx UnicornFairy.net

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