Roald Dahl Museum has only just reopened after a flood and it is already popular. I was very surprised by how small the museum is but actually, it’s as big as your child’s imagination makes it!
There are two main exhibition rooms, each one dedicated to one of the autobiographical books; Boy and Solo. These are a mix of hands-on and exhibits and include his writing shed and plane. You can even see his hip bone (no, really!)
The story centre is the real star of the Roald Dahl Museum. In here there are lots of things to inspire budding authors. You can create your own characters, words, movies and stories. There are lots of costumes to dress up in and, as you’d expect, there’s a lovely book corner. We spent the vast majority of our time in here. At the back there is the craft area which had a choice of free crafts you could do and take home. When buying your tickets you’re given a free story ideas book to keep – a place they can jot down any story ideas they get (not just a clever name) and this part of the museum is the perfect generator for those ideas.
What else is there to do?
In the courtyard there is seating for the cafe, also the newly installed Matilda vs Donald Trump statue and Willy Wonka’s factory gates (almost the actual ones used in the Johnny Depp version of the film).
There is also the lower babbling room where they had several readings going on. These were fantastic and really engaging. Even smallest child loved it. In fact, all of the staff we spoke to were lovely.
There’s not really much else to the site, and I think they’re conscious of that so they have a couple of maps for walks you can do. There is also a good park around the corner (opposite the museum car park). You can find the review for that here.
How long you spend at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is completely dictated by how long the kids want to spend in the story centre.
Tickets are valid for a full 12 months. Blue Peter badge holders get in free.
Adults £7, Children £4.70, under 5’s Free, Family ticket (2A + 3C) £22.60
Parking / How to get there
Address – 81 to 83 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 0AL
Parking – none on site but there is a well signposted car park around the corner. Parking is free on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Up to 4 hours is £2.50.
There is a cafe which has both indoors and outdoors seating. You can also bring your own picnics and eat either indoors or out.
Rating – 4 / 5. I think I was expecting something bigger – it really is mainly the story centre that you spend time in. If your children love reading, writing and the stories of Roald Dahl then they’re sure to enjoy it. We will definitely be back again.