The Story Museum

The Story Museum, Oxford: Hours, Address, The Story Museum Reviews: 4/5

The Story Museum
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The Story Museum is a most unusual museum located in the heart of Oxford celebrating the power of stories to teach and delight. Highlights include a Whispering Wood, Enchanted Library, City of Stories film experience and Small Worlds gallery for younger children. The Museum is open Tuesday - Sunday. Please visit our website for details of prices and opening times.
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4.0
176 reviews
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Very good
37
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20
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Karen M
1 contribution
Well worth a visit with your children
Aug 2021 • Family
Dont let the word "museum" put you off. There are lots of things to engage and inspire children and also bring back memories for us older folk. The staff were really enthusiastic and helpful.

For older children I especially liked the City of Stories experience which did cost extra but the visual effects were great. Only thing I would say is there should be a warning that it has lots of flashing lights and visual effects some people (eg with epilepsy) might be affected by
Written 22 August 2021
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Hi Karen - so pleased you enjoyed your visit and thank you for the comment about City of Stories. We've now added a line on the website about flashing lights and visual effects.
Written 1 September 2021
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Sarah W
1 contribution
Amazing, magical visit
Aug 2021 • Family
Amazing time at The Story museum. I can’t recommend enough. We booked our tickets for 2 adults and 2 children which was very straight forward and once we arrived we knew it was to a truly magical place. The rooms are incredible and the staff very helpful and friendly. Lovely cakes in the cafe too.
Written 10 August 2021
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So pleased to hear you had a good time - hope you can revisit again soon for some more magic!
Written 1 September 2021
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PJ
Swindon, UK1 contribution
Fab day out
Jul 2021 • Family
Great day out. So creative and imaginative and a very unique. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The different zones had so much for children to interact with. Great little cafe.
Written 10 August 2021
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pinkflipflop32
London21 contributions
Brilliant tourist attraction
Aug 2021
This was brilliant. If you are of a certain age, it is a great reminder or your childhood reading list. The enchanted wood was delightful and the exhibition that follows was really good. I would thoroughly recommend a visit. The staff were also very informative and clearly enjoy working there.
Written 7 August 2021
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You're absolutely right that we like working here. We love sharing our story-filled spaces with visitors - and who else can get to visit Narnia when they go to work?!
Written 1 September 2021
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Inspire210226
Aylesford, UK8 contributions
Excellent apart from the cafe
Aug 2021 • Family
Always a must-visit whenever we are in Oxford. We always visit multiple times whenever we are in the city. The big revamp has been a wonderful thing. While this is mainly a venue filled with Boden-clad younger children running slightly amok, the Story Museum works for families with children up to young teens. Comprising three main experience rooms, it starts with a journey through a spacious indoor forest, listening to fables and tales told by talking trees, then passes through a changeable exhibition (which post lockdown is themed around practical activities to inspire hope), and ends in an enchanted library in which books come to life in tiny, interactive, truly magical rooms. Special events are excellent, Lego building aside, which costs an eye watering fifteen quid per child for a mere two hours. Staff are friendly and helpful in the main across the museum and shop. The only letdown was the café which is perfunctory but iffy for basic food. It’s the slightly higher side of affordable, six quid for a basic kid’s lunchbox adds up. They make a big show of quite a lot of products being vegan. Knowing that these can vary wildly elsewhere between excellent and hairshirt, I gave them a miss, plumping for what I thought would be a bog standard, can’t go wrong chocolate brownie. It was in the top three cakes of the worst cake I’ve ever eaten. Gritty, and with a dingy aftertaste as though somebody had decided to use black treacle or large quantities of molasses in it. Neither did they have any variant on redbush or decaffeinated tea, one would think a standard thing in a cafe. I would expect that for a small slice of cake and a soft drink for two to come to over a tenner, the quality would be higher, and when the cake was complained about, I was told that no refund or swap could be given as it was down to “personal preference”, rather than, say, absolutely abysmal cake because they got a different supplier in that weekend. I trust the staff had not actually flavour tested it. An expensive, shaming downer of an end to an otherwise lovely visit. And future custom lost when it comes to food and drink. They may wish to rethink that particular policy.
Written 1 August 2021
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Dear Inspire210226, Thank you for your feedback on your recent visit to The Story Museum. We’re really pleased that you and your family enjoyed exploring our recently transformed spaces and galleries. In regards to our café, all our cakes and sweet treats, including the brownie you refer to, are either baked in-house by our café team, or outsourced from independent bakeries, with a focus on local providers wherever possible. We regularly ask our staff to sample our food and to provide feedback when choosing which items to stock in the café. We do serve a wide range of teas and coffees, however, we’re sorry that on this occasion we didn’t have the particular tea you requested. We have passed this suggestion on to our café team. Many thanks, The Story Museum
Written 9 August 2021
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Becca
2 contributions
Wonderful experience!
Jun 2021 • Family
Had a really lovely afternoon visiting the Small Worlds section of the museum with my 5 yr old son. Our host Shona was brilliant and kept the children in the group entranced with her story telling. We loved exploring all the different sections and being part of lots of different story worlds - it really brought some familiar stories to life and we learned about some new ones too. The session was just the right length and my son was delighted throughout! The staff have obviously worked really hard to make everything very covid safe and we felt completely comfortable, including in the cafe and shop. Well worth a visit!
Written 2 June 2021
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Thank you so much for your feedback and we're delighted that you had a good time in Small Worlds - we've loved having visitors back on site and we'll be introducing more storytelling and craft activities over the summer so do come back soon!
Written 2 July 2021
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Mary H
Peachtree City, GA10 contributions
guided tour is possible
Mar 2021
This museum is large, quirky, and has studio space. Wear shoes with rubber soles for climbing steps.
Written 20 March 2021
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Maike
1 contribution
The Galleries are amazing
Oct 2020
Due to Coronarestrictions and remodeling of the museum you now have to book different parts separately. I visited the Galleries (recommended for 5+) with my 4 and 7 year old and they absolutely loved it. The team has been very creative in this part to allow the children to explore without touching things with their hands. The audiotour through the whispering woods ensures that people keep moving - very clever to avoid larger groups of people building up. Staff was super friendly and helpful. Can't wait for the entire museum to re-open without Corona!
Written 8 November 2020
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A belated thank you for your review. We were so sad that we had to close for the second lockdown in November but we'll be back open again from 12 December
Written 1 December 2020
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hbz
5 contributions
A touch of magic
Aug 2020
Most of the Story Museum was closed when I went, but I did enjoy browsing round the shop and having a coffee in the courtyard cafe.

This is currently the best outdoor cafe in Oxford - a quiet, spacious and quirky space with a touch of magic.

I can't comment on the few children's activities that are currently availalable.
Written 21 August 2020
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Bana B
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My story museum adventure
Mar 2020
When we arrived at the museum we were given a map of all of the places there were and we also got a story museum badge. When we were looking where to go first we ran into Isy (my mums friend who works there). When she showed us the first room I saw that it had a huge bed that you read stories on. There was another room with pictures of the book on the walls my sister (lily) really liked that room. Then we went to the cafe and ate some food. Then we went to the whispering woods where you whisper into a tree's ear and they tell you the story. After we went to the shop l got a story museum notebook and a rainbow slinky and my sister and brother (lily and Ali) got a gruffilo lunchbox, a train, 2 books and a tea set. I give it five stars out of 5. The only downside is that it's a big place so people could get lost easily if they aren't careful. I loved the story museum, it was awesome and I will tell all my friends and I will definitely come again.
By Bana B (nearly 10)
Written 18 March 2020
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Dear Bana B We are so thrilled to hear that you had a good time - particularly as we have had to postpone our reopening so you were one of the lucky few who got to see the magic inside. But don't worry we will be back - not sure when but our story doesn't end here. Love from The Story Museum
Written 19 March 2020
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The Story Museum is open:
  • Tue - Fri 09:30 - 16:30
  • Sat - Sun 09:30 - 17:30