Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

Muddy says: A fabulous compact museum all about Dahl and his famous characters, with a packed schedule of activities including storytelling and arts and crafts.

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Whether it’s one of his books winning at the Oscars (Wes Anderson nabbed this year’s Best Live Action Short Film for The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar) or countless kids choosing his characters for their World Book Day costume, Roald Dahl never goes out of fashion, so it’s no surprise that the lively museum created in his name is as buzzy and busy as ever. Roald Dahl lived in the village of Great Missenden for 36 years so the Bucks village was a natural choice for the Museum and Story Centre that bears his name.

The museum has three galleries around a central courtyard where you can learn all about Roald Dahl’s inspiration for his characters and stories (you can even visit the actual Writing Hut in which Dahl used to create his stories). There’s also the chance to get stuck into hands-on activities (this isn’t a reading plaques kinda museum), such as measuring yourself against Roald Dahl’s characters, pulling a power-pose next to Matilda, dressing up like Willy Wonka or peeking into the actual mini sets used by Wes Anderson for his other Dahl film, Fantastic Mr Fox.

Aside from the permanent exhibitions, one of the best things about this museum is its jam-packed programme of activities, including Titchy Toddlers in term-time, storytelling (naturally) in the new Wondrous Woods room, and gazillions of arts and crafts sessions, so your little one is bound to come home with some fabulous new creation.

For intrepid types, there are a couple of free self-guided walks that lead you out of the museum and into Dahl country. explore the local village and glorious Chilterns countryside that inspired his stories, from Matilda’s library to Fantastic Mr Fox’s woods. You can also look out for monthly guided walks led by a museum expert.

When you need a pew (and caffeine injection), the cute Canny Café in the courtyard is open 10.30-3.30pm at weekends and in school holidays, for hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and baguettes, crisps and sweet treats like doughnuts and cookies. You can eat outside or in, or there’s an area for eating packed lunches if you’ve brought your own. For something more substantial, a short stroll or drive from the museum, there’s options like The Nags Head, with its gorgeous garden with rural views out back, or Muddy fave Peterley Manor Farm, a rustic chic converted tractor barn with seasonal fresh food, much of it sourced a stone’s throw from your table.

When it comes to taking home a souvenir of your day or picking up a last-minute gift, the shop at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is loaded with great buys, from the full Dahl catalogue (at a discount with your museum ticket), to themed Cluedo, Monopoly and Top Trumps and limited edition prints.

Museum admission tickets are valid for a year and cost £9.95 for anyone over five years old, with concessions available. Once you’ve bagged your golden ticket you can pop back as many times as you please within 12 months. Great if your kids want to try out more of the workshops on offer, which tend to come with a small fee in addition to museum entry.

Tempted? You’d better get in there this year because the museum expects to close for 18 months from January 2025 until summer 2026 after it managed to acquire an adjoining property. The exciting plans will take the galleries from three to seven, including new displays and activities as well as upgrading all the nitty gritty like plumbing and electrics, making it a modern, spacious and even more accessible site. Watch this space!

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Address: 81-83 High St, Great Missenden HP16 0AL


Telephone: 01494 892192

Follow the Roald Dahl Museum on Instagram: @roalddahlmuseum


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01494 892192

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