I have a deep love of literature and one of the things I love doing is exploring both the imaginary worlds created by writers, and exploring the real world where the writer was inspired. One such place is Roald Dahl’s Museum and Story CentreWe have been lucky enough to go there twice now, and it’s been a great experience both times – and for fans of the stories, it’s a must-visit destination, yet few people even seem to know of it’s existence.

Roald Dahl MuseumThe Roald Dahl Museum is aimed at 6 to 12 yeaeum is also home to the Roald Dahl archive.

Roald Dahl MuseumThe ‘Boy’ gallery offers a hands-on look at Roald Dahl’s school days. You enter through a giant slab of chocolate from where you begin to explore Roald Dahl’s childhood. You can browse through the archives on a touch-screen, have a look through Roald Dahl’s family photos, smell the chocolate doors and much, much more.

Roald Dahl Museum

In the Solo gallery you can follow Roald Dahl’s journey into adulthood. There’s a life-sized picture of him on the wall, and you see where you measure up – my girls were as tall as James (of the Giant Peach variety ) and Badger.  Starting with his journey to Africa, where you can man the cockpit of an actual Gladiator plane, peer through peep-holes and rummage through drawers and test your ‘sparkiness’ on a Sparkometer.

The true jewel of the Solo gallery though, is Roald Dahl’s original writing hut, lifted from it’s original home and placed inside the museum, captured for eternity behind glass.

Roald Dahl Museum

The Story Centre is where hands-on achieves its pinnacle though, as this gallery can keep you busy for hours.  You can dress up as a character from one of the stories,listen to top tips from some of the favourite authors or make a stop-frame animation or  create a character or a gobblefunk word.  There’s also a replica of Roald Dahl’s writing chair which makes a perfect photo opportunity and a little library of books too, should you wish to read your favourite story here. Sometimes there’s a story time too, where you can join in and listen, or an art room – George’s Crafty Kitchen – with an abundance of colouring and crafts themed on the stories.

On event days there’s another room for interactive story telling or painting and other activities, and there’s a fantastic cafe on site too.

Last but not least is the wonderful gift shop, full of amazing gadgets and books. We even found a pop-up book that I meant to go back for, forgot and have regretted ever since!

Unfortunately my memory card in my camera became corrupted, so all I have is the photos from my phone, but there’s a fantastic virtual walk through here.

Do keep an eye out in your area too – a celebration of Roald Dahl’s books is often found in literary and community events, like when The Mini Malpi came across the BFG at a book festival! If you can’t find anything local or if you’d like to read some of the books and do fun and interactive activities before your visit -it’s always so much better if you can tell which stories displays are from – then check these Roald Dahl Activities.

More information on the Roald Dahl’s Museum and Story Centre

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
81-83 High Street
Great Missenden
Bucks HP16 0AL

Telephone
+44 (0)1494 892192

How long you’ll spend at the museum is up to you, really, and may differ on event days, however on an average day I’d say a visit can last around 2 – 3 hours. There’s a fantastic park with picnic tables around the corner from the museum (across from the parking area where you’ll probably leave your car.) There’s also the Roald Dahl’s Children Centre which is as fantastic, smaller, but more expensive about 10 miles away.