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Our Transformation

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

The Journey to our Happy Ever After – so far…..

In 2009, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, we bought the lease on 42 Pembroke Street; an amazing but dilapidated collection of buildings around a courtyard in the heart of historic Oxford.

By 2014, following our ‘Chapter 1’ phase of building works, we were operating a part-made museum, a magical and inspiring place that has since welcomed over 150,000 people, over half of whom were under the age of 16. In the words of Poppy, aged 5, The Story Museum was ‘Good! Good! Good!’ And now we want it to be even better.

Having reached the limit of what is practically, creatively and financially feasible in our much-loved but more-shabby-than-chic spaces, we are now transforming our building. After much thought and consultation we have developed exciting plans for a new Story Museum that can give nearly three times as many visitors an experience that will be many times better. Our finances and our creative work will be strengthened as will our learning activities and social impact.

When building work is complete in early 2020 you will find 10 gallery and activity spaces including 5 new semi-permanent exhibitions, a 120-seat theatre, a dedicated learning studio, early years play space and improved visitor facilities, all wrapped around a landscaped courtyard and connected by comfortable circulation areas.

Architects' drawing of the redeveloped Museum

We’ve emptied the galleries, got the necessary permissions, and raised enough money to start construction. Our learning and events team will be delivering an exciting outreach programme across the city and beyond (see here for more details of Whats On).

We just need your help with the final £300,000 to fully realise our vision.

We greatly welcome individual and organisational donations, grants and other support. For further information please contact The Story Museum campaign team on 01865 790050 or email

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