The Story Museum's exhibitions are now closed as we prepare for our major redevelopment. The Story Cafe is open Tuesday - Friday.

Our plans

Illustration of the Story Museum wrapped up as a present by Sarah Garson

The Journey to our Happy Ever After

In 2009, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, we acquired the leasehold on our first permanent home in Pembroke Street, Oxford; a dilapidated collection of buildings around a courtyard in the middle of historic Oxford.

Just four short and exciting years since opening our “part-made museum” by way of an initial phase of redevelopment called “Chapter 1”, we have created a magical and inspiring place which has welcomed over 160,000 people so far.

But we quickly reached the limit of what is practically, creatively and financially feasible in our much-loved exhibition spaces and galleries, and now is the time to complete the full redevelopment of our much-loved home, bringing our entire building into operation by 2020.

With a properly conceived and fit for purpose design, full accessibility and improved operations, the completed Museum will have the capacity to nearly triple current annual visitor participant numbers, fuelling our sustainable business model, increasing resilience and enabling us to make a national impact.

Starting from July 2018 preparations for a transformational redevelopment that we call “Chapter 2” have begun with our gallery and exhibitions spaces closing to the public in order to allow us to empty out our rough spaces with the aim of starting building work in Autumn 2018.

When The Story Museum re-opens in early 2020 you will find 10 gallery/activity spaces and an enhanced public offer including 5 new semi-permanent exhibitions, a theatre and a learning space, all wrapped around our exterior courtyard and connected by spacious circulation areas; all filled with wit and wonder.

Individual and organisational donations, grants and other support are greatly welcomed. For further information please contact The Story Museum campaign team on 01865 790050 or email them at

Plans for Story Museum redevelopment

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