The Story Museum
The Story Museum
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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TigerLight
Cambridge18 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
Visited with 2 friends, we are all adult bookworms and had a marvellous time. Some aspects are clearly aimed at families and children but we all embraced our inner child. We enjoyed the traditional stories in the whispering wood and loved having the worlds of our childhood memories brought to life in the enchanted library.
A really magical experience.
Written 3 December 2023
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estar t
9 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Fun place to take our nephew. He loved listening to all the stories. He even became a little story teller himself. The staff are amazing and encourage the children to explore and challenge themselves.as an adult I really enjoyed it and I loved their recycling installation
Written 7 October 2023
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Thank you for your lovely review and we look forward to the next Chapter in your nephew's storytelling!
Written 13 November 2023
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Charlie W
4 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
I honestly think this is one of the best museums I have ever visited. My children (5 and 7) were entranced the whole way through, as was I. The guides were knowledgeable and so enthusiastic which just added to the experience.
We went to the gallery and the City of Stories audio-visual experience. My children loved the City of Stories and although I was slightly concerned it wouldn't hold their attention, I was very wrong!
The gallery itself, I thought was magical. We spent 3 hours there and could easily have spent longer (despite the advertised average time spent at the museum being a lot less). My children loved the make your own story room as well as Narnia and they also loved the Brilli-Ant exhibition. The whispering wood at the beginning was beautiful and both loved listening to the stories. In fact we spent over an hour in there alone.
I think it probably helped that it was very quiet when we went (although it was a weekend and school holidays) as I think some of the magic would be lost if you were queueing for the rooms.
But as I've said, we had a wonderful time, thank you.
Written 4 September 2023
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laurenbroadfield
Oxford, UK30 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Visited for a Lego workshop and the youngest went to the small worlds area. Great time had by all. A fantastic place in the heart of the city that feels like you’re in another world. Cycle storage inside the venue was appreciated and the cafe was excellent. Really family friendly and lots of options for picky eating kids! We will definitely visit the cafe again if in this part of town even if we don’t go to the museum. Excellent coffee for the grown ups too. Museum staff were really friendly and welcoming with clear directions.
Written 19 August 2023
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Clare4948
Bury, UK53 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We went to the museum with our three year old and did the under 5's Small World's session, which our daughter loved. The host Lucy was amazing, and when we bumped into her later in the Galleries, she went above and beyond to make our daughter happy. Lucy is a true asset to the museum and made our daughters day. The Galleries are great with lots of exhibits to see and special book themed rooms. Narnia was our daughter's favourite. I'd thoroughly recommend it for families visiting Oxford.
Written 17 August 2023
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stevecrow74
Galway, Ireland39 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Brought the little one here (7yrs old), unsure what to expect we did the Galleries, the staff were amazing and kept little one entertained from the very beginning right through the sections, with storytelling, treasure hunts and activities, even us adults enjoyed the experience, it’s definitely a must for those wondering what to do with the kids for an hour or two, it’s very easy to lose track of time in there too as there is so much to do and look at.

The cafe attached could do with having more a selection of warm foods, but the sweet treats were good.
Written 31 July 2023
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Zutot
Horley, UK688 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
It looked really nice. We enquired about pricing and they gave us the information and time slots. When we returned later, about 45 minutes before the time slot we wanted, we were told it was fully booked. Would have been helpful to be given that information earlier when we’d been enquiring, or be encouraging but the ticket then. Very disappointed little girl, but oh well.
Written 9 July 2023
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Mark L
Crowthorne, UK1 contribution
Jun 2023 • Couples
This is a very original and innovative museum/attraction in central Oxford. My wife and I really enjoyed our visit. The story museum is staffed by a significant number of knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides. It has a range of different sections, each with its own individual style and content. In these sections there are extremely well designed and attractive displays celebrating stories passed down through generations to the written word in classic and contemporary works of children’s' fiction. Film and other media also feature. My only criticism is for the Brilli-ANT exhibition, in which the primary subject is the now obligatory propaganda for climate fundamentalism. We see books celebrating Greta Thunberg and are encouraged to become vegetarians. What has this to do with stories? The Brilli-ANT exhibition does not contribute anything to the overall theme of storytelling but virtue signals excessively, without pointing out the likely outcome of the climate fundamentalism religion, which is the inevitable death of millions of people worldwide and the deliberate impoverishment of billions more. These outcomes are the likely result of the intentional acts of reducing economic growth, reducing access to affordable energy and the reduction in the food supply worldwide. All this is orchestrated by the UN and the WEF, as they facilitate the mass transfer of money and natural assets from poorer people and countries to rich global corporations. It is not a smart move for the Story Museum to promote this nonsense. There is no Climate Crisis - just look out of the window and perhaps do some background reading of your own.
Written 2 July 2023
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Mark B
Newport, UK485 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Firstly I have to admit that we were in Oxford to look at 'His dark materials' exhibits and filming sites. We saw that there were some displayed here so decided to go.
There is an entrance fee of £10, when we went, but being fans of a show we thought it was worth the price.
We entered with an open mind, in the first area you select a character and are given a lanyard with that characters details and certain things for that character to look out for. The venue is divided into different areas and each is really beautifully designed, yes it's designed for children but if you embrace the idea you will as an adult have a great time. Some of the areas have temporary exhibits, when we went they had a great one about comics and their characters.
I won't give anymore spoilers, suffice to say we spent a lot longer than we had anticipated 'playing'.
Staff are extremely engaged and engaging.
Written 7 March 2023
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JollySailor46
Colombo, Sri Lanka115 contributions
Feb 2023
We went on Feb 23rd '23 with grandson and we were disappointed. On an organised visit with an experienced tutor I am sure it is a great experience for children but just turning up you are among a group of other visitors who are all wondering what happens now and the truth is not very much. Staff are friendly but there ain't many of them.
Written 24 February 2023
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The Story Museum is open:
  • Tue - Fri 09:30 - 16:30
  • Sat - Sun 09:30 - 17:30