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The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
81-83 High StreetGreat MissendenBuckinghamshire, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, HP16 0AL
Tue-Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat & Sun 11am - 5pm
The Museum, aimed at 6 to 12 year olds, features two fun and fact-packed galleries (including Solo Gallery featuring Roald Dahl's original Writing Hut) and our fantabulous interactive Story Centre.
Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.
I went here on a school trip recently and it was such a great day out, we're planning to go back as a family. We followed the trail that the museum provided around the lovely village of Great Missenden, seeing lots of the things that inspired Roald Dahl in his novels. We also saw Dahl's grave after walking up the small hill to the church.
Inside the Museum, we were introduced to the exhibits by an engaging staff member, although I'm not sure what happens when you're not with a school class. We'll have to find out. Even if you were going around on your own, there are so many interactive elements, it would be really easy to engage children in the subject, particularly if they are already Dahl fans.
One gallery concentrates on Dahl's childhood and the other his grown up self. All the bits and pieces from his infamous writing shed are on display including his hip bone and the rolled up ball of Kit Kat wrappers he never threw away.
There's also a storytelling room where children get to play with words and images, creating characters and telling stories. Children who can already read will get the most out of it, but I can see 3-5 year-olds enjoying it almost as much.
There's also a nice cafe with delicious looking Bogtrotter chocolate cake and other sweet temptations, and a shop which sells lots of Dahl books, educational toys and other bits and pieces. You could also spend a bit of time in the independent shops on the high street.
There's a station in the village so it's easy to get here by train from London and there's a big car park for those that want to drive. A playground on the village green rounds the day off nicely.