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ATTRACTION TYPE Museum/gallery


BUDGET £6,000,000


“Chapter Two” of Oxford’s Story Museum renovationopened to the public in October half-term 2020. Initially, the works were due to be unveiled in April, but Covid-19 saw the children’s museum close for longer than anticipated. In early August the museum began phased reopening. Visitors will have access to the new-look ground floor galleries including the shop and café. The £6 million refurbishment includes ‘The Whispering Wood’ (pictured), a mysterious indoor forest tracing the history of oral storytelling, and ‘The Enchanted Library’ where visitors can step inside iconic scenes inspired by much-loved children’s stories, from emerging through a wardrobe into The Chronicles of Narnia to cutting through into the parallel realms of His Dark Materials. Celebrated authors Malorie Blackman and Philip Pullman, who are patrons, will have their work featured in the Enchanted Library and there will also be storytelling performances in the outdoor courtyard and guided story walks around the city centre. (Updated 24 November 2020)

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The Story Museum


The Story Museum

Rochester House
42 Pembroke Street
Oxford OX1 1BP

Sophie Hiscock
Head of Communications
01865 790 050

Caroline Jones
Museum Director and CEO
01865 790 050

Lisa Mitchell
Senior Exhibitions Manager
01865 790 050

Edgar Taylor Construction

8 & 9 Apollo Court
Radclive Road`
Buckingham MK18 4DF

01280 812148
Bryan Doyle
Construction Director


15 Bermondsey Square
Tower Bridge Road
London, SE1 3UN

020 7397 7171
Mark Goldspink
Partner & Chief Executive