The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

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

Website

Webstore for the Museum shop

www.roalddahlmuseum.org

www.roalddahlstore.com

E-mail

General enquiries

admin@roalddahlmuseum.org

Education

schools@roalddahlmuseum.org

Collections Manager

collectionqueries@roalddahlmuseum.org

Press enquiries

media@roalddahlmuseum.org

Telephone

General information

01494 892192

Education Manager

01494 892195

Fax

01494 892191

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
A letter signed by Roald Dahl
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This great little Museum has two fun and fact-packed biographical galleries and a fantabulous Story Centre. In Boy and Solo, visitors can learn about the events that shaped Roald Dahl as a writer, from his illicit motorbike outings at school to his time as a World War Two fighter pilot.

In the Story Centre, visitors can get creative with plot, character and language and discover how writers from J.K. Rowling to Benjamin Zephaniah write. Visitors can also explore a replica of Roald Dahl's famous Writing Hut, sit in his writing chair and get some gloriumptious story ideas.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

10.00-17.00 Tues-Fri
11.00 - 17.00 Sat and Sun

Closed: Most Mondays, Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Admission charges

Adults: £6.60
Children: 5-18 £4.40
Under 5s: Free
Concessions: £4.40
Family Ticket: £21.00
Please note this does not cover the events we sometimes host on site, unless otherwise specified.

Additional info

The archive is open by appointment, and on spcecial tour days - see events listings for details.

Village trail available for visitors to follow significant Dahl sites, including his grave. 20-30 mins self-guided walking.

We host many exciting events for children and adults, please check the 'events' section. Please note these events are charged separately unless otherwise specified.

Collection details

Archives, Literature, Personalities

Key artists and exhibits

  • Roald Dahl, author
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Completeing a Museum trail

Whoppsy Welsh trail

  • 28 February — 1 March 2015

To celebrate St David’s Day, follow our trail to find out facts about Roald Dahl’s childhood in Wales.
Free for Museum visitors

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Free for Museum visitors. Museum admission: Adult £6.60, child £4.40, concession £4.40, family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £21

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/february-2015/whoppsy-welsh-trail

Fun at Chidders' Hour

Chiddlers’ Hour: Esio Trot

  • 3 March 2015 10am-5pm

For 0 to 3 years: 30 minutes of songs, storytelling and adventure and 30 minutes of free play and crafts based on Roald Dahl's Esio Trot.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£3 per child

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before. Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day. Doesn't include Museum entry, which is not necessary to enjoy this event.

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/march-2015/chiddlers-hour-esio-trot

Staff dressed up, Word Book Day party 2013

World Book Day party

  • 5 March 2015 3:30-5pm

For all ages: free entry, games, storytelling and craft activities for all. Come dressed as your favourite book character and win a prize.
Free entry from 3.30pm

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Free entry from 3.30pm

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/march-2015/world-book-day-party

Completing a Museum trail

Esio Trot trail

  • 7 — 8 March 2015 11am-5pm

For all ages: hunt for tortoises throughout the Museum. Can you find the original Esio Trot?
Free for Museum visitors

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Free for Museum visitors. Museum admission: adult £6.60, child £4.40, concession £4.40, family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £21

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/march-2015/esio-trot-trail

Fun at Chiddlers' Hour

Chiddlers’ Hour: The Enormous Crocodile and The Twits

  • 10 March 2015 10-11am

For 0 to 3 years: 30 minutes of songs, storytelling and adventure and 30 minutes of free play and crafts based on Roald Dahl's The Enormous Crocodile and The Twits.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£3 per child.

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before. Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day. Doesn't include Museum entry, which is not necessary to enjoy this event.

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/march-2015/chiddlers-hour-the-enormous-crocodile-and-the-tw

Roald Dahl Museum archive papers

Discover Dahl’s archives

  • 14 March 2015 12:30-2:30pm

12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.
For 10+: a behind-the-scenes tour of our archive store, which houses Roald Dahl’s unique collection of letters and manuscripts, with Collections Manager and Archivist Rachel White. This month’s archive tour focuses on Roald Dahl’s inventions, as part of our British Science Week celebrations.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 11-13
  • Any age
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£1 per person (adults and children) plus Museum entry

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before (we can take Museum admission at the same time). Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/march-2015/discover-dahls-archives

Mr Hoppy's Tortoise-Catcher

Mr Hoppy’s gadget trail

  • 15 March 2015 11am-5pm

To celebrate British Science Week, try our trail to find out about the inventions from Roald Dahl’s stories and his life. Watch out for the Tortoise-Catcher from Esio Trot!
Free for Museum visitors

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Free for Museum visitors. Museum entry: adult £6.60, child £4.40, concession £4.40, family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £21

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/march-2015/mr-hoppys-gadget-trail

Fun at Chiddlers' Hour

Chiddlers’ Hour: George's Marvellous Medicine

  • 17 March 2015 10-11am

For 0 to 3 years: 30 minutes of songs, storytelling and adventure and 30 minutes of free play and crafts based on Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£3 per child

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before. Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day. Doesn't include Museum entry, which is not necessary to enjoy this event.

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/march-2015/chiddlers-hour-georges-marvellous-medicine

Mr Hoppy's tortoise-grabber

Mr Hoppy’s gadget trail

  • 21 March 2015 10-11am

To celebrate British Science Week, try our trail to find out about the inventions from Roald Dahl’s stories and his life. Watch out for the Tortoise-Catcher from Esio Trot!
Free for Museum visitors

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

To celebrate British Science Week, try our trail to find out about the inventions from Roald Dahl’s stories and his life.

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/march-2015/mr-hoppys-gadget-trailcopy

The Roald Dahl Museum

Mrs Hoppy’s mindsquiffing masterclass

  • 22 March 2015 12:30-2:30pm

12.30pm and 2.30pm.

For 6+ years: to celebrate British Science Week, join Mrs Hoppy, super scientist and teacher Ramla Ali, for this fun and hands-on session. Through some fantabulous Science experiments, you’ll investigate different ways to move Esio Trot tortoises from Mrs Silver’s balcony, including rainbow slides, exploding catapults and even mini parachutes!

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£3 per participant plus Museum entry

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before (we can take Museum admission at the same time). Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day.

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/march-2015/mrs-hoppys-mindsquiffing-masterclass

Fun at Chiddlers' Hour

Chiddlers’ Hour: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • 24 March 2015 10-11am

10am to 11am.
For 0 to 3 years: 30 minutes of songs, storytelling and adventure and 30 minutes of free play and crafts based on Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£3 per child.

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before. Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day. Doesn't include Museum entry, which is not necessary to enjoy this event.

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/march-2015/chiddlers-hour-charlie-and-the-chocolate-factory

Craft materials

Glumptious treat bags

  • 28 March 2015 12-3pm

12.00pm, 1.30pm and 3.00pm.
For 5+ years: decorate a cloth bag with your favourite Roald Dahl characters, ready to fill with all your seasonal treats.
£3 per participant plus Museum entry

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before (we can take Museum admission at the same time). Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£3 per participant plus Museum entry

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before (we can take Museum admission at the same time). Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day.

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/march-2015/glumptious-treat-bags

Craft materials

Marvellous mobiles

  • 29 March 2015 12:30-2pm

12.30pm and 2.00pm.
For 5+ years: dress up the Roly Poly Bird in fabulous feathers and surround him with colourful egg pictures, to fly around in the air.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

£2.50 per participant plus Museum entry

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before (we can take Museum admission at the same time). Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day.

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/march-2015/marvellous-mobiles

Compton Valance books

The Compton Valance show

  • 31 March 2015 1:30-3pm

1.30pm and 3.00pm.
For 6+ years: roll up, roll up for the Compton Valance Show! Travel back in time to the Jurassic period, Victorian era and more with the author of the Compton Valance series of books, and Heart Radio DJ, Matt Brown. Hear all about the inspiration behind Matt’s terrifically funny series and get some brilliant tips for writing, as well as creating fun character names.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

£3 per person (adults and children) plus Museum entry

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before (we can take Museum admission at the same time). Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day.

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/march-2015/the-compton-valance-show

Craft workshop at the Roald Dahl Museum

Roly-Poly door hanger

  • 31 March 2015 10:30am-12pm

For 5+ years: paint a ceramic Roly Poly bird to hang from your door.

£2.50 per participant plus Museum entry

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before (we can take Museum admission at the same time). Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£2.50 per participant plus Museum entry

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before (we can take Museum admission at the same time). Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day.

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/march-2015/roly-poly-door-hanger

Craft materials

Buzzwangling bird houses

  • 1 April 2015 11am-3pm

11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm.
For 6+ years: paint the perfect home for birds to seek an escape from Mr Twit.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£3 per participant plus Museum entry

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before (we can take Museum admission at the same time). Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day.

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/april-2015/buzzwangling-bird-houses

The Roald Dahl Museum

Roly-Poly pots

  • 2 April 2015 11am-3pm

11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm.
For 5+ years: make a clay pot in the shape of a Roly Poly Bird, ready to store lots of chocolate eggs inside.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£3 per participant plus Museum entry

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before (we can take Museum admission at the same time). Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day.

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/april-2015/roly-poly-pots

Craft materials

Crackling egg cups

  • 4 April 2015 12-3pm

12.00pm, 1.30pm and 3.00pm. For 5+ years: listen to some storytelling from The Twits and paint your own egg cup.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

£2.50 per participant plus Museum entry

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before (we can take Museum admission at the same time). Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day.

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/april-2015/crackling-egg-cups

Craft workshop at the Museum

Glumptious treat bags

  • 5 April 2015 12-3pm

12.00pm, 1.30pm and 3.00pm.
For 5+ years: decorate a cloth bag with your favourite Roald Dahl characters, ready to fill with all your seasonal treats.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

£3 per participant plus Museum entry

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before (we can take Museum admission at the same time). Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day.

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/april-2015/glumptious-treat-bags

Steve Lenton's books

Meet Steve Lenton

  • 6 April 2015 1:30-3pm

1.30pm and 3pm.
For 6+ years: from pups that pinch things to a princess who is full of pluck, Steven Lenton can draw them all beautifully! Come along and hear Steve as he tells the story of those robber dogs Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam, and the dragon-hunting Princess Daisy, together with lots of drawing ... and laughter!

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£3 per person (adults and children) plus Museum entry

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before (we can take Museum admission at the same time). Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day.

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/april-2015/meet-steve-lenton

Craft materials

Chirpy chick puppets

  • 6 April 2015 10:30am-12pm

For 5+ years: make your own chick puppet from a wooden spoon and some swashboggling yellow craft materials.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

£2.50 per participant plus Museum entry

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before (we can take Museum admission at the same time). Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day.

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/april-2015/chirpy-chick-puppets

Craft materials

Buzzwangling bird feeder

  • 7 April 2015 11am-3pm

11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm.
For 5+ years: put a smile on the beaks of your garden birds with one of these.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£2.50 per participant plus Museum entry

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before (we can take Museum admission at the same time). Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day.

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/april-2015/buzzwangling-bird-feeder

Craft workshop at the Roald Dahl Museum

Roly-Poly string puppets

  • 8 April 2015 11am-3pm

11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm.
For 7+ years: make this supreme Roly Poly Bird from recycled materials, then make him strut about in our courtyard.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£3 per participant plus Museum entry

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before (we can take Museum admission at the same time). Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day.

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/april-2015/roly-poly-string-puppets

The Roald Dahl Museum

Swashboggling stop frame animation

  • 9 April 2015 11am-3pm

11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm.
For 7+ years: join our awesome animator Will Howes for this lively session. He’ll help you create your own plasticine Roly Poly Bird and show you how to make a short animation sequence to make it fly!

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

£3 per participant plus Museum entry

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before (we can take Museum admission at the same time). Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day.

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/april-2015/swashboggling-stop-frame-animation

Pizza for Pirates by Adam and Charlotte Guillain

George’s amazing adventures

  • 10 April 2015 From 1pm

1.30pm and 3pm.
For 3 years: come and meet Charlotte and Adam Guillain performing their latest hilarious picture book, Pizza for Pirates, illustrated by the award-winning Lee Wildish. There’ll be some very strange monsters, songs and fair dollop of silliness!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£3 per person (adults and children) plus Museum entry

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before (we can take Museum admission at the same time). Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day.

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/april-2015/georges-amazing-adventures

Craft workshop at the Roald Dahl Museum

Roly-Poly cress heads

  • 10 April 2015 10:30am-12pm

10.30am and 12.00pm.
For 6+ years: it’s spring! Make your own Roly Poly Bird from soil and seeds. Then take him home to watch his green plumes grow.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£3 per participant plus Museum entry

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before (we can take Museum admission at the same time). Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day.

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/april-2015/roly-poly-cress-heads

The Wildlife Trust at the Museum

Wondercrump wildlife

  • 11 — 12 April 2015 From 11am

For all ages: come and get crafty with The Wildlife Trust, and find out about the living landscapes around Buckinghamshire, the inspiration for many of Roald Dahl’s books.
Free drop-in craft activity for Museum visitors

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free drop-in craft activity for Museum visitors. Museum admission: adult £6.60, child £4.40, concession £4.40, family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £21

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/april-2015/wondercrump-wildlife

Archive papers at the Roald Dahl Museum

Discover Dahl’s archives

  • 11 April 2015 12:30-2:30pm

For 10+: a behind-the-scenes look at our archive store, which houses Roald Dahl’s unique collection of original letters and manuscripts.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£1 per person (adults and children) plus Museum entry

We recommend pre-booking as workshops can sell out in advance. Please give us a call on 01494 892192 to check availability and to book up until 4.30pm the day before (we can take Museum admission at the same time). Any unsold workshop tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the day.

Website

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on/april-2015/discover-dahls-archives

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