Oxford's Story Museum announces phased reopening from lockdown

Visitors will finally be able to check out its £6 million transformation.

The Story Museum on Pembroke Street was due to reopen its doors at the start of April after a two year major refurb.

But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, its grand reopening was postponed until further notice, and the doors have remained closed to visitors since March.

After an injection of emergency funding from the National Lottery and Arts Council England, The Story Museum will begin a phased re-opening from August 6th.

Visitors will be welcomed into the ground floor Galleries, shop and café.

Small Worlds, a story-themed play space specially designed for families and children aged 0-5, as well as 'City of Stories', a short film exploring Oxford's thousand-year literary history, are among the features.

The museum will also be doing live storytelling performances in the external courtyard and guided story walks around the city centre.

CEO Caroline Jones is looking forward to welcoming visitors to this first stage of the museum's reopening, she said: 'Every great story has a twist and for the Story Museum that was being forced to close our doors before we'd even opened them.

'After many months of uncertainty about our future, it feels fantastic to be sharing our plans for a phased re-opening, starting with our ground floor spaces.

'We look forward to welcoming local families as well as nursery groups who we're sure are ready to come out and play with some familiar story characters in Small Worlds.

'We've loved inviting our audiences to use their imaginations through various on-line activities over the past few months but there's nothing like the real, sensory and immersive experience visitors will get inside our museum.

'Alongside our other family activities and learning projects for children - including some of those most affected by lockdown - we're sharing a taste of things to come when The Story Museum can finally fully open later this year.'
 
To coincide with the partial reopening, the museum is also launching a new digital resource, a burgeoning collection of 1001 of the world's great stories from different times and places and in multiple forms.

The Story Museum plans to have reopened all its galleries by the Autumn of 2020.

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