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The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

81-83 High Street, Great Missenden HP16 0AL, England
01494 892192
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Type: Specialty Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We had a lovely few hours here as we were in the area for the weekend/ My 6 year old twins were completely entranced and despite never having read a Roald Dahl book before they were totally inspired with all of the displays and interactive elements. One of them is now writing her own version of Charlie and the Chocolate... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We were camping in the area and the weather was terrible so needed to find somewhere to entertain the kids for a while. Found this museum after doing a google search. It was a refreshing change to take the kids to a place that is really well looked after. Many of these types of attractions are shabby at best. But... More

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We visited with our daughters (3 and 5 years old). There was an Augustus Gloop chocolate trail on, with clues to answer, and a little reward for answering them all correctly. The girls loved this, as well as writing/drawing things in their Story Ideas Book (given to them on arrival) as we went around. There was so much to look... More

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Mount Prospect, Illinois
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

What a great place for kids & their families! It not only tells the story of Dahl's life, from childhood through World War II to well-loved author, it also engages children in creativity. My son loved the story center with its many activities, especially the stop-motion movie maker. My wife & I loved the way the museum is built for... More

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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

As a child I loved Roald Dahl and as an adult I still too, so I was very excited to visit this museum and I wasn't disappointed. I discovered that there was far more to the man than just his creative characters in his children's books and I found learning about his life extremely interesting. There is lots for the... More

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Surrey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Having read the negative reviews it is interesting that they are largely from 2010-11 so I can only assume the place has really got its act together since then as I thought it was brilliant. I visited with a 4 and 7 year old and you do have to actively lead them through the exhibits and support them to interact... More

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roalddahlmuseum, Museum Director at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, responded to this review

Hi 582jilld, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. It sounds like you got lots out of your visit to us and took advantage of the majority of activities and exhibits of offer. You are right when you say that the galleries are designed for families and groups to discover and interact with the exhibits together. I... More

Marlborough, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We drove about an hour to get to Little Missenden. Its best to park in the car park at the edge of town as the museum itself is down a narrow high street. The Musuem itself is very cute, but smaller than I had hoped for. Basically three rooms. The shed where Roald Dhal wrote his stories, had been re-created... More

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roalddahlmuseum, Museum Director at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, responded to this review

Hi Rav B, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review, I hope you enjoyed your visit and thank you for giving us feedback on some of the disappointing aspects of your visit. I’m sorry that some of the exhibits were broken when you visited us, we obviously endeavour for all of our interactive activities to be in... More

Tucson, Arizona
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103 reviews 103 reviews
43 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

My family of five attended and we got different levels of interest from our 13, 11 and 7 year olds. We all really enjoyed his books and consider ourselves fans. The 11 year old liked the interactive timeline, but was turned off by some of the younger story times offered. There was a lot of display reading that we had... More

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roalddahlmuseum, Museum Director at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, responded to this review

Hi John F, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review and I hope you enjoyed your visit despite a few of the disappointments you talk about. The Museum is designed to be interactive and for families to discover and learn together. As we cater for a range of age groups we try to vary what we offer... More

Lancaster, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Visited during half term and it was extremely busy and very small. We went out of our way a couple of hours to visit, but there was not much to see. There was an interactive room which the children enjoyed for a while but it was very crowded. Apart from that just two small exhibition rooms about his life. Café... More

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roalddahlmuseum, Museum Director at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, responded to this review

Hi minskerella, I’m sorry you found aspects of your visit to us disappointing. As you say it was May half-term when you visited which is one of the busiest weeks of the year for us. We try to mitigate this by staggering entry and having extra staff on hand. The Museum has three gallery spaces and a craft room, with... More

London
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We went with our granddaughters 4 & 7. The museum mirrors the nature of the man and his books. It is participatory with some story telling and interesting stuff about the man and his life. We all spent an enjoyable 4 hours although as the previous reviewer indicates, Cafe Twit did struggle with numbers at lunch time but we found... More

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roalddahlmuseum, Museum Director at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, responded to this review

Hi GrahamF, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. I’m glad you had an enjoyable visit to us during half-term and managed to take part in some storytelling as well as the galleries and exhibits. I’m also sorry to hear that the Café was struggling at lunch time, but glad to know that members of staff we helpful.... More

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