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“As fantastic as Mr Fox!”

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This great little award-winning and family-friendly Museum contains two fun and fact-packed biographical galleries, the fantabulous interactive Story Centre and a sunny courtyard. Situated in Great Missenden where Roald Dahl lived for over 36 years, it was created as a home for the author’s archive (which visitors can see on our regular tours) and as a place to inspire creativity and a love of reading in children, about which Roald Dahl was passionate.
Reviewed 10 April 2014

Visited today in the Easter holidays with my almost 7 year old son. . Pre-booked museum and craft (twig mugs), tickets over the phone and collected them on arrival with no problems. My son loved that each child was given an Ideas Book and pencil so they could start writing their own story, and he enjoyed the Oopa Lumpa quiz which resulted in a prize of a 'limited edition' Roald Dahl Top Trumps card (we bought the full pack on the way out). Lizzie that led the story telling session was fantastic and Isy that delivered the Twit mugs painting session was endlessly patient mixing new colours for the children. The craft room at the rear of the museum was great, as was the chance to sit in Roald's chair and make movies and stories of your own. The Twits Cafe was well stocked, though at almost £6 the kids lunch bag was a little expensive I felt, that's the only vaguely negative thing I can think of. We had a great day and spent almost four hours there, including the craft session ( an extra £3), and lunch.

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roalddahlmuseum, Museum Director at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2014

Hi Catherine J
Thanks for leaving us a review. It sounds like you had a great time when you visited and made the most of all we have on offer. I’ll be sure to pass your positive comments on to Isy and Lizzie. I’m sorry you found the lunch bag expensive, we do try to keep the prices as low as possible. However, all the food from Café Twit is freshly prepared on-site from high quality ingredients.

We hope to see you again soon.

Amelia Foster

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Reviewed 9 April 2014

I really enjoyed visting this museum. Having been a lifelong fan of the great man's books and having passed this love on to my own kids, it had been a long term ambition to visit.

To see his chair and his specs preserved for history was strangely moving, and the couple of Hollywood props (Johnny Depp's jacket and stick and the Fantastic Mr Fox models) added a bit of something special too.

Lovely, pleasant staff and the free guide book and map to the village are really helpful, as was the story note book for my daughter.

Shop was nice, not priced over the top.

This feels like a place that is preserved by people with a genuine affection for the great man. This makes it welcoming... difficult to explain but it's how it felt! Long may it go on.

Well worth taking a couple of hours out of a trip in to or out of London, tacked on to a trip to 'Warner Bros. Studio Tour' (about half an hour away) makes a great day of literature for kids. Both are well worth the effort in their own right (very different but linked by the dedication of the authors to childrens writing), but combined make a really lovely full day out.

Highly recommended but you couldn't spend any more than half a day here (those few hours will be really nice though!) Do look around the village and note the 'Danny the Champion of the World' Petrol pumps...very photogenic, and pop up to his grave. I said a few words of thanks for the joy he brought to me, and countless other children of the past, the present and (little doubt) those who are yet to discover his dark humour for generations to come. The museum is far more than a memorial, it is definately a place of life and is focussed for children and their imagination with exciting interactive exhibits and engaging activities.

Lovely! Remember the great man here, but you'll do it with a smile.

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roalddahlmuseum, Museum Director at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2014

Hi Andy C,
Many thanks for your review, it was so nice to read that you had a great time with us when you visited. We do indeed try to be a place of life rather than a memorial, and base our galleries and activities on inspiring young and old alike to discover their creative talents.

We hope to see you again soon.

Amelia Foster
Museum Director

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Reviewed 28 March 2014

Isn't a whole day out due to its size. So Works out quite expensive. Was fun especially seeing his writing chair and how he made things work for him.

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roalddahlmuseum, Museum Director at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2014

Hi JackieorrBristol,
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review on TripAdvisor. I’m really glad that you found exhibits like Roald Dahl’s Writing Chair fun, but sorry you found your visit expensive. As an independent Museum do our best to keep our prices down, and keep them in-line with experiences of similar length such as a cinema visit. We do hope you’ll come and visit us again soon.

Amelia Foster
Museum Director

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Reviewed 24 March 2014

If you have kids between 8-16 its a must! So much for children to do and fun ways they present the story of Roald Dahl. My wife and I are 57 year old kids and loved every minute!

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roalddahlmuseum, Museum Director at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2014

Hi 2750Marc,
Thanks for proving that we’re not just for children! Although aimed at 6 to 12 year olds, we get lots of adults who greatly enjoy their visit as you and your wife did. So glad you all had a great time; we hope to see you again soon.

Amelia Foster
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

Chaotic scenes upon arrival. I guess this was to be expected as it was half term, but it could have been handled better. Our tickets were not checked once and it seemed fairly easy for people to just walk in unaware that there is an admission fee.

Staff were friendly but unengaged. At one point, two of them stood in front of one of the audio/visual exhibits and spent about five minutes playing with it themselves whilst we patiently waited! They did know we were there, but it was only when they walked away that we realised they were staff members not the general public.

We paid extra for the half term activities, such as making some 'Mr Fox' ears and story time with a poet. These added to the overall admission price and on reflection, we didn't think it was worth the extra.

The exhibit rooms were well done with some great interactive features. They're quite small though as this is a converted old coaching inn, so you might have to wait for crowds to pass to get to see everything.

Some tips: say you have a Chiltern Railways ticket for a reduction (cheapest admission free). Just buy a child single to the next station down the line and save a bit of money. But, this was never checked either. Car parking when you first arrive into Great Missenden can also be chaotic, but we found free all-day parking in a side street just beyond the main high street.

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roalddahlmuseum, Museum Director at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2014

Dear CockneyBrum,

Many thanks for taking the time to leave us feedback. I’m sorry that there were some aspects of your visit that you found disappointing.

As you mention in your review it was February half-term when you visited the Museum, which along with October half term is one of our busiest two weeks of the year. We aim to accommodate everyone who wishes to visit us and we try our best to manage queues and visitor numbers effectively during these busy periods. We do visual spot checks of wristbands which visitors are given on arrival; this allows us to check ‘tickets’ without disturbing people. I regret that your initial impression of the Museum was not good. Your feedback is helpful as we are always trying to find ways to improve the welcome experience, particularly at these very busy times.

We often find that the workshops are a highlight of our visitors’ experience, so I’m sorry that you didn’t find that they enhanced your experience on this occasion. We do charge a small fee for our workshops, usually between £1.50 and £3, to cover additional staff costs and materials. We try to keep prices as low as possible and offer a range of activities to appeal to a variety of tastes. I am sorry to hear that we missed the mark on this occasion.

Claire Field
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