26 Characters exhibition
Saturday 5th April - Sunday 22nd February
Full price: £7.50
Concessions: £5 (Under-18’s, full-time students, job-seekers, over-60s)
Family ticket (for a group of 4, including at least 1 child): £20
Children under one year, and companions of disabled visitors: Free
Recommended for age 4+
Mon: closed (including bank holidays)
These opening times will change as of November 2014. Please see our opening hours page for more information.
Tickets can be booked at our Tickets Oxford page, or by phoning the ticket hotline at 01865 305305.
April holiday: 5 April – 21 April
Late spring holiday: 24 May – 1 June
Summer holiday: 23 July – 2 September
October holiday: 25 October – 2 November
About the event
celebrating childhood story heroes
‘The whole exhibition is a love song to stories, a celebration of everything that makes stories great, and quite honestly, one of my favorite museum experiences ever.’ – Helen, visitor. Read her review.
Many of Britain’s best loved writers and storytellers have transformed themselves into the characters they most loved as children in our exciting new, interactive photographic exhibition.
Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman metamorphoses into the Wicked Witch of the West. Terry Pratchett achieves outlaw status as Just William. And Neil Gaiman gets stripey as a well-known woodland creature. Other authors taking part include Julia Donaldson, Anthony Horowitz, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Jamila Gavin, Charlie Higson, Shirley Hughes, Terry Jones, Geraldine McCaughrean, Michael Morpurgo, Terry Pratchett, Francesca Simon and Benjamin Zephaniah.
Award-winning celebrity photographer Cambridge Jones has captured a gallery of rogues and rascals, wizards, witches and wild things, which unfolds through the Story Museum’s atmospheric and unfinished buildings.
Explore some intriguing rough spaces – literally full of character – brought to life by designers who include Michael Pickwoad (Doctor Who) and Alix Harwood (Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, Hugo, Thor). Hunt for story extracts, and discover the reasons behind the authors’ choices.
See your favourite fabulists as you’ve never seen them before and meet a cast of characters, from Anansi to Boromir and all the way to Oz.
– See portraits hung in interactive themed spaces
– Listen to story extracts recorded by award-winning actors Olivia Colman and Christopher Eccleston
– Hear new stories specially created by Jamila Gavin, Geraldine McCaughrean, Kevin Crossley-Holland and Alex Kanefsky
– Listen to authors talking about their choice of hero and why they love stories (you can also hear them online here)
– Browse through everybody’s books and discover more in our comfortable library
– Dress up and have your photo taken for our digital gallery
– Make friends with our talking throne
who will you be?
Dress up as your own favourite, and have your portrait taken for our online gallery.
Last entry 30 minutes before closing.
Please note: at peak times we may have to limit numbers and the length of your visit, for everyone’s comfort and enjoyment.
We recommend booking in advance.
Some sections of our building are unheated – on a cold day, dress for Narnia!
Find out more about our workshops for schools and groups.
26 Characters is supported by Arts Council England.Go back