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Schools & Groups

Group Visits

See below for details about visits tailored for Home Educating groups and groups of disabled people. If you are looking for another type of group visit, please check our School Visits page or contact us on learning@storymusuem.org.uk.

A family in the Enchanted Library

Home Educating Group Visits

We offer designated Home Educating Visit Days.

Come and enjoy exclusive use of The Story Museum for a special day dedicated to Home Educating families. Explore the galleries at your own pace and enjoy a range of storytelling and creative sessions.

Our next Home Educating Visit Day is on Tuesday 19 September 2023, 10:00-15:00 (see programme below) .

Programme

Welcome to The Story Museum! Spend as little or as long as you like at the Museum from 10am to 3pm, and create your own timetable from a list of free-flow activities on offer.

The Galleries – Explore The Whispering Wood, our Brilli-ANT exhibition in The Treasure Chamber, and The Enchanted Library.

Small Worlds – Our dedicated picture book space, designed with 0-5 year olds in mind, will be open all day with a dedicated Story Guide to tell stories, read picture books and lead craft and messy play activity.

City of Stories – A 25-minute film about the history of Oxford's stories with showings at 11am and 1.30pm. Please book a place on arrival.

Magic Common Room – Sessions from our Learning Team of experienced primary and secondary teachers. Every hour, a different story, followed by a variety of stations to explore with a range of creative activities related to the story, including dress up, arts and craft, comic-making and imaginative play, as well as more advanced creative writing activities for older children.

10.30am - Magical Creatures and Monsters
11.30am
- Tales of Explorers and Pirates
1pm
- Stories of Royalty
2pm
- Science Fiction

Café - Have a break with a tasty treat and enjoy the board games, jigsaws and toys on offer.

"A perfect mix with something for every age, without being all prescriptive. A great jumping off point for further study later." - Parent on a Home Educating Visit Day, January 2023

Pricing:

School-aged children: £28
Sibling discount: £24
1-4 year olds: £12.50
0-1 year olds: Free
Adults: Free

Bursary places available for low-income families

To find out more and book, email learning@storymuseum.org.uk

A parent and child playing Peekaboo in the Whispering Wood

Sensory Storytelling Sessions

We provide 90 to 120-minute sensory story sessions for groups of disabled people. The sessions begin with a live oral storytelling using multisensory approaches. This is followed by a guided tour of the Museum and ends with a session in which the participants can explore the world of story through craft, role play, toys, props, dressing up and more oral storytelling. We can tailor this to a story (book, film, comic strip etc.) that your group particularly enjoys.

For the best experience, sessions should be booked for no more than 15 participants at a time. We welcome the opportunity to discuss the needs and requirements of your group at the time of booking.

Cost (all accompanying carers visit for free):

£12+VAT per head for groups of 6-10 participants, excluding accompanying carers
£10+VAT per head for groups of 11-15 participants, excluding accompanying carers

For groups of 16 participants or more, we ask that you divide your group to have separate sessions. These sessions may be run simultaneously or at different times depending on the availability of session leaders. The Learning Team will discuss the best options with you.

"A phenomenal, engaging session!" - Phoenix Rising MK on a visit in March 2023