27th October 2020
The Story Museum opens magical new galleries to the public

The Story Museum in Oxford opened to the public on Saturday 24 November following a major two-year redevelopment, having had to postpone its launch for seven months due to COVID-19.

Dedicated to storytelling in all its forms, the museum features new permanent galleries inspired by iconic children’s books, illustrations and oral stories that will be on view for the first time.

New immersive galleries The Enchanted Library and Whispering Wood will allow visitors to walk through iconic fictional worlds, bringing famous stories to life including Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, Noughts and Crosses and oral storytelling from around the world.

Originally due to launch in April 2020, the museum was forced to postpone its grand opening and open in a phased manner over the summer. Opening up the new galleries has only been made possible by money from Arts Council England and Government funding via the Culture Recovery Fund, allowing new visitors to visit the galleries via timed sessions for household bubbles.

The Story Museum is supported by leading children’s authors and illustrators including Malorie Blackman, Michael Morpurgo, Philip Pullman and Chris Riddell.

The museum opened to great acclaim, with a live broadcast on BBC Breakfast from the new galleries and positive reviews from The Guardian and The Times.

Please find more information at storymuseum.org.uk.

Image Credit: The Enchanted Library at The Story Museum. Photo – Diane Auckland.